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How To: Show Existing Steel On Isometric by Ken Fauver

By on March 1, 2011 in Featured, Tutorial with 3 Comments

What’s that? You say you’re having trouble getting that pesky existing steel to show up on ISOGEN isometrics?? You’re not alone!

Luckily we have Ken Fauver to explain the method he uses to show existing steel on the ISOGEN isometric. Big thanks to Ken who took the time to put this document together and then share it with the community. Thanks, Ken!!

1. Select Supports > Base Supports > Misc. Supports > General Steel Support from the Supports/Topworks Browser.

2. After inserting the General Steel Support a dialog opens to allow the Designer to edit the descriptions. We will now edit the long description as this is the description that will show in the isometric BOM (for new supports) and will export to AutoPIPE or Caesar. NOTE: If you do not see this dialog after insertion you may need to select Piping > Database Tools > edit Component.

Edit the long description to read “EXISTING STEEL”. At this point you may want to give it a Tag callout. For this exercise we will type in the Column Row name “C-1”.

3. Select Next Page. At this point AutoPLANT still recognizes this component as being NEW. In order to make it EXISTING so it will not show in the isometric BOM, follow the steps below.

4. In the Database Information area of the dialog, scroll down to the EXISTING field. (Notice that the value 0.0)

5. Click on the EXISTING field and change the value to 1.0.

6. Click OK to Save and exit the dialog.

Now the General Steel Support will show on the isometric but not in the BOM. Also, this can get exported via PXF for AutoPIPE or PCF for Caesar.



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About the Author: Hi! I am currently an Autodesk Solutions Engineer working to deliver real time solutions to our Enterprise customers. I have been involved with industrial design software for nearly 15 years and am a 3DS Max Professional who is passionate about design visualization. .


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  1. This will come in handy, I have no doubt!! Thanks, Ken! :o)

  2. kfauver says:

    This was written primarily with AutoPLANT in mind but probably could be adapted to Plant 3D

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