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What’s new in AutoCAD Plant 3D 2018

Create 3D plant designs with ease and accuracy, and share them with your team using Autodesk cloud services. 

  • Cloud-based collaboration

    Share projects and invite others to work collaboratively.

  • Instrumentation support

    Place instrumentation directly from the Instrumentation Tool Palette, and place in the same way as piping components.

  • Project backups

    Easily create a local backup of your project.

  • Project manager search

    Find project design files faster.

  • Vault improvements

    Better integration with Vault data management software (US site).

  • Isometric improvements

    Get tools to improve representation of skewed lines in piping isometrics.

  • 3D graphics performance improvements

    Plant 3D takes full advantage of hardware graphics acceleration resulting in performance improvements.

  • Simplified workflows

    Many project commands are now incorporated as right-click commands in Project Manager for easier workflows, such as editing piping specifications.

  • P&ID painter

    Display lines and components in colors by property value.

  • Spec-driven P&ID’s

    Check for piping specification consistency in P&ID.

  • Off-page connector improvements in P&ID

    Supports data consistency across P&ID for process and instrument lines. 

  • P&ID data validation

    Get tight integration between the P&ID and the AutoCAD Plant 3D model. 

More features

P&ID design

  • Quick P&ID drafting

    Simple, in-context AutoCAD commands help make P&ID drafting simpler.

  • Standard symbol libraries

    Symbol representations are visible in the tool palettes and organized by type. Includes PIP, ISA, JIS, and ISO/DIN.

  • Project standard tag and report formats

    Create and customize tags and labels to meet project standards.

  • Data validation

    Quickly identify possible errors. The tool scans P&IDs for consistency of data according to user-definable rules.

  • Import/export P&ID data

    Use engineering data from Excel to update the P&ID. Use the data updates for output in reports.

  • ISO 15926 standard

    AutoCAD P&ID uses ISO 15926. Read the white paper for more information about ISO 15926.

Orthographic drawing production

  • Parametric equipment modeling

    Parametric equipment definitions help speed modeling.

  • Structural modeling

    Lay out steel stairs, ladders, and railings using standard steel sections. Includes AISC, CISC, and DIN steel catalogs.

  • Calculate weights and center of gravity

    Locate center of gravity (COG) of piping spools of individual piping components and combinations of components.

  • Bills of materials (BOMs)

    Add BOM tables and linked annotations to orthographic drawings. Customize project-specific table formats, as needed.

  • Import Inventor equipment models

    Intelligently integrate simplified Inventor 3D CAD software models and connect piping.

  • Fixed-length pipe modeling

    Place pipes quickly and produce detailed material takeoffs (MTOs). Supports AWWA, BPE, and other piping catalogs.

Piping isometric production

  • Multiport valve

    Include multiport valves in your model.

  • Pulled pipe bends

    Create a single pipe with pulled pipe bends.

  • Isometric reference dimensions

    Display the isometric dimension in the extracted isometric.

  • PCF to pipe

    Create pipes from an isometric PCF file.


  • Interoffice collaboration with Vault

    Share and access fabrication data information.

  • Fast P&ID report generation

    Create predefined reports as needed.

  • AutoCAD mobile app premium

    View, create, edit, and share DWG™ drawings on mobile devices.