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Isometric Piping Software - Recommendations?

Mike_Sheppard
Mike_Sheppard Member Posts: 682
edited November 2019 in THE MAIN WALL
Does anyone have recommendations for single line isometric piping drawing software? I'm assuming it will be something CAD related. I don't have any CAD experience. Very overwhelmed with the amount of options online.
Doing some commercial boiler system replacement projects and would like to be able to make professional-ish drawings for them.
Any help appreciated!
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  • EdTheHeaterMan
    EdTheHeaterMan Member Posts: 3,198
    I have the same problem, Have you tried these?






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  • hot_rod
    hot_rod Member Posts: 16,304
    With 3D CAD so readily available, why an isometric drawing?
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  • Mike_Sheppard
    Mike_Sheppard Member Posts: 682
    @EdTheHeaterMan that’s how I currently draw them. But it would be nice to be able to email them and look more professional.

    @hot_rod I like the simplicity of isometric. But I’m open to 3D as well if you know an affordable software.
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  • hot_rod
    hot_rod Member Posts: 16,304
    I know a few folks that use Visio 3D, maybe You Tube some options, this one show plumbing components.


    https://www.homedesignsoftware.tv/ppc/va/?rs4=VA_US_PPC_1116&Z1411_10358699&gclid=EAIaIQobChMIwuzqkPeG5gIVRpyzCh1-eA1UEAQYAyABEgJqyfD_BwE
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  • acwagner
    acwagner Member Posts: 505
    You could try AutoCAD LT. It's a limited 2D version of the full software. It's much more affordable than the full version.

    It's more point and click and less command base nowadays, so it's probably easier to pick up then it was several years ago. Plus, lots of youtube videos on how to use it, if you have the time to learn.

    Since it's been around awhile you can probably find free templates and such for fittings, valves, piping, etc.
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  • Mike_Sheppard
    Mike_Sheppard Member Posts: 682
    @acwagner thank you I am going to look into that. It’s still a hefty little cost but for a one time payment I would happily pay it if it does what I need it to. Of course there’s no free trial, darn. I’ll look up some videos and give Autodesk a call to discuss it.

    Thanks!
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  • acwagner
    acwagner Member Posts: 505
    Burnham IN5PVNI Boiler, Single Pipe with 290 EDR
    18 Ounce per Square Inch Gauge
    Time Delay Relay in Series with Thermostat
    Operating Pressure 0.3-0.5 Ounce per Square Inch

    Alan (California Radiant) Forbes
  • Steve Minnich
    Steve Minnich Member Posts: 2,757
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  • KC_Jones
    KC_Jones Member Posts: 5,081
    Honestly, why not start with sketch up to see if you even like the idea of 3D? I am pretty sure there are fittings in there people have done and most of the major manufacturers have 3D models for download on their website.

    This would be a great way to get your feet wet without spending any money. If you like it you could keep using it, or step up to a pay software that has more features.

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  • Mike_Sheppard
    Mike_Sheppard Member Posts: 682
    @KC_Jones im not very interested in 3D models. I’d prefer just a simple single line isometric drawing. I’ve tried Sketch-Up in the past. Wasn’t a huge fan. I will try it again.

    @Steve Minnich i do my isometrics on paper as well. Just looking to try something different.
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    Steve Minnich