AutoCAD Plant 3D - The Complete Guide

This course gives you a solid understanding of AutoCAD Plant 3D features including creating an orthographic or isometric drawing, using report creator and more.

Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced
English, German, French, Spanish
Course Length: 35 Hours

What you'll learn

  • New For AutoCAD
  • New For Plant 3D
  • Introduction to AutoCAD Plant 3D
  • Creating Projects and P&IDs
  • Creating Structures
  • Creating Equipment
  • Adding Specifications and Catalogs
  • Routing Pipes
  • Adding Valves, Fittings and Pipe Supports
  • Creating Isometric Drawings
  • Creating Orthographic Drawings
  • Managing Data and Creating Reports

Course Description

AutoCAD Plant 3D The Complete Guide is designed to give you a solid understanding of AutoCAD Plant 3D features and capabilities. In this course, you will learn from Creating Projects and P&IDs to Isometric Drawings, Creating an Orthographic Drawing and Working with the Data and Report Creator. This course includes text, images, audio, video, quizzes and practical Let Me Try exercises to accommodate all learning styles.

To get the most out of this course, we strongly recommend you review every topic in the course. We also encourage you to take all the mid-lecture quizzes and the progress tests to ensure you have retained the information, and most importantly, practice with the Let Me Try exercises.

Course Outline

AutoCAD Plant 3D Course Outline

New for AutoCAD

  • What’s New in AutoCAD
  • AutoCAD Including Specialized Toolsets

What’s New in AutoCAD Plant 3D

  • What’s New in AutoCAD Plant 3D

Introduction to AutoCAD Plant 3D

  • AutoCAD Plant 3D User Interface
  • Workspaces and Invoking Commands
  • Tool Palettes and Dialog Boxes
  • Backup Files and Closing a Drawing
  • Opening Drawings and Quitting
  • AutoCAD Plant 3D Help

Creating Projects and P&IDs

  • Introduction
  • Designing a P&ID
  • Validating the Drawing
  • Editing the Drawing

Creating Structures

  • Creating a Grid and Adding Members
  • Creating Stairs
  • Creating Railing
  • Creating Ladder
  • Creating a Plate/Grate
  • Creating Footing
  • Editing the Structural Members
  • Visibility Options
  • Exchanging Data with Other Applications

Creating Equipment

  • Creating Equipment
  • Placing Equipment
  • Customized Equipment
  • Modifying Equipment
  • Converting Solid Models
  • Attaching and Detaching Objects
  • Adding Nozzles I
  • Adding Nozzles II
  • Modifying Nozzles

Adding Specifications and Catalogs

  • The Spec Editor
  • Adding to and Editing Specs
  • Adding and Editing Parts
  • Working with the Catalog Editor
  • Modifying the Branch Table

Routing Pipes

  • The Spec Viewer
  • Routing a Pipe
  • Creating Branches Weld Connections

Adding Valves, Fittings and Pipe Supports

  • Adding Valves and Fittings
  • Pipe Supports
  • Modifying the Pipe Components

Creating Isometric Drawings

  • Isometric Drawings
  • Quick or Production Creation
  • Configuring Isometric Drawing Settings
  • Iso Messages and Component Files

Creating Orthographic Drawings

  • Creating an Orthographic Drawing
  • Using Different Views

Managing Data and Creating Reports

  • Finding the Data in a File
  • The Data and Report Creator

Navigation Strategies

Beginners: Complete the course in order from beginning to end. Once any topic is completed, you will have full access to it at any time for one year after registration, to use as a resource.

Intermediate/Advanced Users: Use the course as a flexible resource tool to find what you need, whenever you need it. Try the assessment tests first, if you get 80%+ you can move to the next level, if you get less than 80% you should complete the lecture. This gives you a pre and post-assessment score, which can be used to track your skills improvements.

About the Author

Shawn A. Budden came into the field of Autodesk Design software as Application Engineer for Vector Graphics Inc., a value-added reseller for Autodesk design products, that also provided training, technical support, IT services, animations, and design services for the manufacturing, architecture, and oil and gas industries throughout Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas.

Before Vector Graphics, he had over 20 years of experience in teaching.  His last position in the education field was as the Director of the Academy of Engineering in Lafayette, Louisiana, where he developed the curriculum for drafting and design and Industrial Technology.  He also did summer programs in 3D solid modeling for the Upward Bound program at the University of Louisiana, Lafayette.  These curriculums included extensive experience in 2D and 3D software programs and industry-based hands-on training.  There, he also led the HUNCH project with NASA (a project which involved students in creating 3D prototypes and models for the space station and space vehicle hardware).  As a dedicated proponent of the National Science Olympiad Program, he served as a coach for six years and the Louisiana State Director for four.

He earned his B.S. from Louisiana State University and received his National Board Certification in the field of Science from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.  He is certified by the ADDA in Architectural and Mechanical Drafting as well as being certified by Autodesk in AutoCAD, Inventor, and Revit software packages.

Today he uses his experience in 3D design and prototyping to contribute to 2D and 3D designs, for DIS-TRAN Steel where he in an Inventor Developer.  This role includes streamlining and automating electrical transmission and distribution hardware designs using Inventor and iLogic within it.  He also maintains his design/instruction consulting company, CADucator. He has been affiliated with Global eTraining (GeT) since 2016 and has developed a Plant 3D Course for them.

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