New Features in AutoCAD Plant 3D 2013

Uploaded by Autodesk on 27.03.2012

Hello, I’m Ian Matthew, Technical Marketing Manager with Autodesk Plant Solutions.
In this video, I'm going to introduce you to some of the new features in AutoCAD Plant
3D 2013. These new features improve productivity and
performance and make customization easier. I'll show you the new dialog for adding pipe
supports, and how easy it is to create custom parts such as non spec piping and instrumentation.
We'll take a look at the new preview tool that helps you customize isometrics.
Also, you now have a wider choice of valve operators and we've made editing simpler.
Piping improvements include tapping blind flanges, offsetting stub-ins, and pipe bends.
I'll also show you some improvements to the P&ID stretch command.
And finally, I'll mention the new catalog builder that has an entire video devoted to
it. Let's start with pipe supports.
It’s now easier to add them while piping. Here, for example, I'll add a hanger to this
pipe which is connected to the beam I'll place it at 12 inches and you’ll notice
that the pipe size information (6 inches) applies immediately.
Now I'll select the hanger and show you the properties dialog.
Notice the graphics of the support which allows you to make dimensional edits more easily.
I'm going to click the new “Lock Point of Support” toggle to lock the elevation of
the non-piping end of the support. As you can see, this capability lets you add
supports easily along a sloped pipe! Now let's take a look at custom parts.
Starting either from the ribbon or from the dynamic toolbar, you can access the new Shape
Browser. Now you can specify any shape for a parametric
custom part. I'll click on Advanced shape options and navigate
to instruments. Now I can choose the shape I want for this
particular part and place it in my model. Let's turn now to the new live preview we've
added to isometric setup. Once you have made adjustments to several
isometric settings, you can now see the results of your customizations from within project
setup. Clicking Live Preview generates a sample isometric
drawing that illustrates your changes. You can choose to preview any iso style from
the convenient drop-down list. So now, let's move on to Valve operators.
You can now place any type of operator on an existing valve.
I'll right-click this valve and go to Properties. Here in the Valve Operator section, I'll click
the Override Valve Operator button. I can select the operator I want from this
dialog to replace the hand wheel. It's as simple as that.
Now let’s take a look at some Piping enhancements. First we’ll look at how you can tap a blind
flange. Simply select your branch component in this
case an olet and place it on the blind flange. And next I'm going to offset a stub-in, for
example, here I'll offset it to the bottom of the header pipe.
(To do this we select the Connection Offset option – or type T – and select BottomTangent)
Now I'll add a reinforcing pad, but before I do, I'll switch from a realistic to wireframe
view. Then I'll click the weld dot and use the substitution
grip to add the reinforcing pad or I can right click the branch pipe and select
Add Reinforcing Pad) And finally, after switching back to a realistic
view, I show you how, while routing pipe, you can create a pipe bend.
With the Pipe Bend Toggle on, I can place a 120 degree bend.
Now let's look at how we’ve improved the STRETCH command to give you more flexibility
while editing P&IDs. There are many ways to perform a stretch,
but here’s one example. After typing stretch in the command line,
I select the area I want moved. Then I specify the base point, and then as
I move my cursor I can preview the results of the command.
When I click again, the pipes are rerouted and the inline objects and tags move as expected.
Finally a few words about the Catalog Builder. In the Plant 3D help contents, you can click
on Catalog Builder and view the introduction. Here is a link to the video that will walk
you through the creation of many Plant 3D parts at once.
Now that you’ve seen the new features in AutoCAD Plant 3D 2013, I hope you’ll take
a look at our other Getting Started videos. Thank you for watching.