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MAXScript: Improve Viewport Performance with the DWG to 3DS Max Block Cleaner

MAXScript: Improve Viewport Performance with the DWG to 3DS Max Block Cleaner

AKA Optimize Your 3DS Max/Design Scene!! AKA One Of The Most Important Things To Do After Importing DWG Files Into 3DS Max/Design Importing DWG CAD files efficiently is one of 3DS Max’s many bright spots. Unfortunately, the import will bring across some junk that will, depending on the complexity of your scene, significantly slow down [...]

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SmartPLANT Review .NET API Usage Tutorial

SmartPLANT Review .NET API Usage Tutorial

SmartPlant Review .NET API Usage Tutorial By Parrish Husband When I worked as a piping designer, the SmartPlant Review driving and reporting fell into my lap more times than I can remember. Eventually I got to a point where I spent more time setting up VUE sessions and making tag reports than I was designing; [...]

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Polyform Importer: The DWG batch importer for 3ds Max and 3ds Max Design

Polyform Importer: The DWG batch importer for 3ds Max and 3ds Max Design

I recently released my dwg batch import utility for 3ds Max Design called “Polyform Importer”. The purpose for creating the utility was to solve the problem of only being able to import one file at a time into 3ds Max. In this article, I will show you how to install it and then talk about [...]

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AutoCAD Plant 3D to 3ds Max Design 2014 Workflow – 1080P HD Video Tutorial Series

AutoCAD Plant 3D to 3ds Max Design 2014 Workflow – 1080P HD Video Tutorial Series

I have released my video tutorial series for creating an animation in 3ds Max Design using AutoCAD Plant 3D Models. Although these tutorials were specifically written for using a specific data set, the concepts are applicable to any 3ds Max Design model. Export Plant 3D Model to Neutral DWG Part of my visualization for oil [...]

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Corona Alpha4 Renderer for 3DS Max

Corona Alpha4 Renderer for 3DS Max

By on March 18, 2013 in 3DS Max Plugins, Autodesk 3DS Max, News with 8 Comments

I want to give everyone a heads up that there is a new rendering engine on the scene that looks very promising. It’s called the Corona renderer. It’s fast, flexible, very easy to use and best of all it’s free!! Time is money and we all have precious little of both. This bad boy will [...]

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Invasion of the CAD Snatchers!

Invasion of the CAD Snatchers!

By on March 12, 2013 in Editorial, News, Plant Software with 2 Comments

So I am sitting there working away in my little corner on Friday when all of a sudden, the live chat room became engulfed in the flame (pun intended?) of heated discussion that involved the Intergraph Marketing Machine, Bentley’s OpenPLANT, and how Autodesk’s Plant 3D product intends to dominate mid level market at a time [...]

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The Microeconomics of Plant Design

The Microeconomics of Plant Design

By on January 13, 2013 in Editorial, News, Plant Software with 1 Comment

I have to admit to one thing: I really didn’t like the economics classes I had in college. Maybe it was the fact that I was broke most of the time and the concept of massive economies the size of nations was beyond what I was able to understand at the time. Fast forward to [...]

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The Dreaded Oracle Block Corruption Error

The Dreaded Oracle Block Corruption Error

By on December 13, 2012 in Database, Oracle, Smartplant with 5 Comments

Recently I was hit with the question: (paraphrasing) I just received the error “ORA-01578: ORACLE data block corrupted (file # 11, block # 410112)”. Is there another scenario you can receive this error, without it meaning physical corruption? If there is, I’ve never run into it. In my experience, this has always meant physical block [...]

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MAXScript: Find Area of Circle

MAXScript: Find Area of Circle

By on December 10, 2012 in Autodesk 3DS Max, MAXScript with 0 Comments

Here is a little script I whipped up in about 15 minutes last night out of pure laziness. My daughters homework was to find the area of a circle based on radius or diameter. There were quite a few problems and I didn’t want to have to do the calculations each time. So, I came [...]

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Introducing Shawn Ferris, DBA

Introducing Shawn Ferris, DBA

By on December 8, 2012 in Profiles with 6 Comments

So this Tyner guy invites me to contribute on his blog and I’m thinking, what could I possibly have to offer an engineering/design blog!? Then he starts bragging about his site’s statistics.. Over 100,000 members (dave: Did I say that?? It’s closer to 4,000 but if you round up…), 20+ million hits a year, blah, [...]

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