This article was originally released in the fall of 2013; however, I have received several emails since then about an issue users were having when validating their projects after implementing the changes in the article. The validation error would be under the heading “Unmatched model inline fittings” and would show every piece of pipe in the 3D model.
Since the new releases of AutoCAD Plant 3D and P&ID 2017 have been out for a few months now and I’ve had time to thoroughly work with it, I wanted to discuss some of my favorite new features within the two products. Plant 3D is built on top of P&ID which is built on top of AutoCAD, so all three products are available in one piece of software. While there are new features in AutoCAD 2017, the most valuable of which is the new PDF Converter, in this article I will focus on Plant and P&ID.
You can manipulate piping, fittings and other objects in Plant 3D through the use of Grips. Using these Grips in conjunction with Plant 3D’s Auto Routing functionality can improve the efficiency and accuracy of your drawings.