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P&ID Templates.. Can I use Inventor rather than AutoCad?

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Compressor-01
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P&ID Templates.. Can I use Inventor rather than AutoCad?

Need to begin a library of P&ID drawings based on a fairly standard product of ours. We currently have a lot of these already in CAD however, not being a fan of Autocad I prefer to utilize Inventor when possible. Is there a way to use Inventor for these with out a whole lot of trouble?

Since most of our symbols are in block form in a tool bar library in CAD, Im wondering if there is a way these might be used in some form of the 2011 Inventor release. We have just began to use the 2011 version as of last week, so go easy with tecnical terms please.  Thanks for any info ahead of time!

 

 

Keep in mind I havent become real familiar with Inventor 2011 yet, but.... It seems that I have spottedd a few things that make it a bit more friendly concerning ACAD drawings. Are you able to open them in Inventor now? Manipulate them?

Thanks!!!!!

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Anyone have any input on this?

 

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JDMather
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@Compressor-01 wrote:

Is there a way to use Inventor for these with out a whole lot of trouble?

Since most of our symbols are in block form in a tool bar library in CAD, Im wondering if there is a way these might be used in some form of the 2011 Inventor release.


I haven't experimented with this, but I think if it is going to work it will involve Sketched Symbols in the drawing (idw) environment.


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BMiller63
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@Anonymous wrote:
I haven't experimented with this, but I think if it is going to work it will involve Sketched Symbols in the drawing (idw) environment.

 

Or instead of IDWs, use Inventor DWGs and copy/import your AutoCAD blocks.

or

use this:

http://images.autodesk.com/adsk/files/autodesk_plant_design_suite_2011_-_product_brochure_pages.pdf

 

I have no experince with AutoCAD P&!D or AutoCAD Plant Design so I don't know how they compare to Inventor.

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Compressor-01
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Thx for the help here. As I work on this throughout the day today, I realized I should just continue with using ACAD and utilize layersfor the multiple representaions I need to show.

More work up front but better than creating these everytime I need them or copying and modifying.

Thanks again!

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JDMather
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@Compressor-01 wrote:

More work up front but better than creating these everytime I need them or copying and modifying.

Thanks again!


Inventor Sketched Symbols are roughly the equivalent of AutoCAD Blocks.  You can build a library, but not sure if you could build in the flexibility you have in AutoCAD. 

I would hold off any attempt to adapt Inventor for this until you have mastered the other functionality in Inventor.
I have not heard of anyone using Inventor as you describe, but I kind of think it would be possible.  I think I might miss attributes and maybe a bit more from AutoCAD so there is probably good reason there are products specific for this purpose.  I just think it might be an interesting experiment.


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cmcconnell
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There is no way to connect Sketched Symbols together or draw lines between them in Inventor. This is a long time wish.

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