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How to export a model from AutoPLANT into AutoPIPE?
Launch Autoplant 3D piping and from the Import/Export menu select Plant Exchange (PXF) which is file exchange format used by Autoplant and Autopipe. This process will generate a PXF file which can be sent to the Stress Engineer to open in Autopipe.
3 options are available for selecting the CAD model for export to a PXF file, i.e
All - complete model
Manual - Enables manual selection model so objects can be selected using normal Autocad selection methods e.g. by clicking on them or drawing a window around part of the model.
Advanced - Query selection window as shown below to select based on e.g. linenumber , tag number , pipe size, schedule etc.
Open Autopipe and select File/open autoplant (*.pxf ) from the menu
The following screen will appear: Enter project details , select the piping code, unit, etc then click ok will display an Import Autoplant screen shown below.
Under the import Autoplant screen below options include using Autopipe naming convention A01, A02 etc , add rigid anchor at all free ends in the model etc click on the help button on this dialog for additional help.
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