Officially announcing the availability of AutoCAD Plant 3D 2010! After many months, nay years of work, we have released. Woo hoo!
From the press release:
Built on the familiar AutoCAD platform, AutoCAD Plant 3D features specification-driven design and standard parts catalogs to help streamline the placement of piping, equipment, and support structures. Also included in the product is integrated AutoCAD P&ID functionality and quick generation of isometric and orthographic drawings. The new product joins AutoCAD, AutoCAD P&ID, and Autodesk Navisworks software products in a line-up of Autodesk products built specifically for the plant design and engineering industry. For more information, please visit www.autodesk.com/autocadplant3d
Read the rest of the press release, including how to purchase, here: http://pressreleases.autodesk.com/index.php?s=118&item=629
This particular release is most appropriate for piping design in Oil & Gas, Power, or Chemical projects up to $250 million total installed cost. It does contain Isogen for Isometric generation. It contains a full release of AutoCAD 2010, so you can leverage all your AutoCAD techniques to help you model and produce documents.
While AutoCAD Plant 3D is not optimized to be an equipment design package (that would be Inventor), you can of course place basic plant equipment. It is also not intended as a structural design/detailing product, although we’ve included though pipers’ steel for roughing in the structural elements. It is not for HVAC, nor for bent pipe. Great, glad that’s out of the way.
Now we are feverishly working on the next version. We welcome feedback on the 2010 release in the public discussion forum. The discussion group is reached from the main Plant group on AutoCAD Exchange. Once there, from the Peer Support menu, pick Peer Q&A. This gets you to links for the Plant discussion groups, including AutoCAD Plant 3D Q&A.
Looking forward to hearing your feedback.