View Full Version : Basic 2D to 3D question
2009-03-20, 05:14 PM
I have created a 1-line system diagram. The pipe has slope assigned to it. I want to view the system in 3D, but when I switch to a 3D view all I can see is the 1-line diagram. I am sure there is a very basic step or setting that I am missing. Any advice on where to look would be greatly appreciated.
2009-03-20, 06:11 PM
Plumbing lines are not 3D objects, they are only schematic, even though you can assign slope.
Piping objects are 3D objects, although slope is trickier.
2009-03-20, 07:39 PM
Like Robert said, unfortunately, plumbing lines are not 3D (even though you can still set the elevation, slope, etc.)
If you're, in fact, using piping, then you just need to change a setting or two so you can see them in 3D. Figure out what system your piping is drawn on (select the pipe and check out its properties). Once you know the system, go to Format > Style Manager... In the left column, expand Piping Objects > Pipe System Definitions and then select the system your pipe is on. Once selected, choose the Pipe Size Displays tab. Here is where you find what controls whether you pipe is shown as 1-line or 2-line.
The checkboxes are pretty self-explanatory except for one thing: the difference between "1-line" and "graphical 1-line." With "graphical 1-line," all of your piping symbols will be the same size (rise/drop symbols, transition symbols, etc.) and that size is based on the secondary 'plot length' value you can specify. With "1-line," the diameter of your pipe determines how big/small your symbols are; e.g. a rise/drop symbol for an 8" pipe will be larger than the rise/drop symbol for a 6" pipe.
If you want your pipe to always show as 3D (2-line), then you can just uncheck both boxes. Also note that you'll need to do this for each piping system you're using.
Hope this helps!
2009-03-23, 12:04 PM
Thank you for the explanation and guidance. It looks like this answers my question. I am sure I will have more to come.
Again, thank you.
2009-03-23, 03:50 PM
Rumor has it 2010 will have 3d plumbing. The guy I work with is doing his plumbing in 3D using the Piping goodies..
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