Creating an Isometric Drawing from a 3-D Document

This task shows how to complete create an isometric drawing from a 3-D document. You need to complete the setup requirements first.
1. With your document open click the Generate ISO button . The Generate ISO dialog box displays.


The select options buttons allow you to select what you want to convert.

Click the Select Line IDs button to select by line ID. When you click this button a dialog box will display all line IDs available to you, from which you can make your selection. Everything belonging to the line ID will be converted.

3. Click the Select Spool button button to select by spool. When you click this button all spools available to you will be displayed. Select one or more. Everything belonging to the spool(s) will be converted.
4. Click the Select Elements button to select a range. When you click this button the Analyze Networks dialog box will display.

Click the Network tab and then an object in your document. All objects connected to it will be selected and the name of the object will display in the Selected Object field. All objects connected to the selected object will be converted.

You can also select a range within your document. To do this click the Path tab in the Analyze Networks box, select the first object in your range (its name will display in the From Object field) and select the last object in your range (its name will display in the To Object field). It is better to select the objects in the specifications tree, but you can select in the viewer also. All objects within the range will be converted. 

  5. The Select Support Parts button is grayed out until you make a selection. Support parts like hangers and sleeves may not be included in your selection and this button allows you to select them. To give an example, if you select a spool, then support parts are frequently not part of the spool. To use it, select a spool (or any other selection) and click the Select Support Parts button. If a support part shows, but is not included in the selection, click the part. The part will be included when you generate a drawing. If you click a selected support part a second time it will be de-selected.
6. Enter a file name for the isometric drawing and hit Enter when you are using the Select Elements options.

In other cases a default file name will be generated for the drawing, but it is best to give your own file name because default file names can confuse. If you are converting everything belonging to a line ID, for instance, the file name will be that of the line ID. If you perform the step again the application will create a second file with the same name and the letter "A" (or whatever sequence it is) attached.

7. Check the box Display ISO drawing if you want to see the drawing when it is generated. If you do not check the box the drawing will be stored and you can view it later.
8. Click OK to generate the drawing. The Converting Data window will display progress.
9. When the drawing has been generated the New Drawing dialog box displays. Select any of the options you want and click OK.
10. If you had checked the Display ISO Drawing option then the drawing will display. It will contain various kinds of information and will display dimensions. You can change unit dimensions by going to the ISOGen Setup tab described in Setup Requirements.

A large drawing will be split into manageable sections and only the first section will display initially.
11. To view the drawing later click the View ISO Drawing button in the toolbar. A window will open at the Drawings directory. This is a subdirectory of the Style directory you created earlier.