Friday, July 16, 2010
New CAD tool for plant design - AutoCAD Plant 3D 2011
Autodesk just released the latest version of its plant design software - AutoCAD Plant 3D 2011. It is an important release for us as this is the first version of Plant 3D distributed also for the Czech market and XANADU is currently the sole authorized reseller of Plant 3D in Czechia.
Plant 3D is an effective tool for designing piping systems, chemical and processing plants. It contains full functionality for concepts, 3D modelling, pipe routing, analysis plus isometrics and documentation of complex plant designs and their support structures. Its equipment libraries contain models and blocks in many industry standards. Like any other "industry-version" of AutoCAD, Plant 3D works with the standard DWG file format, it is based on a familiar user interface and it offers also all the commands and functions of the plain AutoCAD.
AutoCAD Plant is compatible with the 2D tool AutoCAD P&ID (process diagrams and 2D) and Autodesk Navisworks (project coordination, collision detection). In fact you can also receive AutoCAD Plant 3D as a "Suite" (Autodesk Plant Design Suite 2011) bundled with AutoCAD P&ID and Autodesk Navisworks.