I have downloaded DIN and ISO piping components from SolidWorks Component and i wonder how to use them to start a route after beeing inserted in an assembly?
The typical workflow is to start your route with a flange. Drag it into an assembly and then SolidWorks will ask you to pick the pipe and elbow parts that would go along with that flange. The content you downloaded has varying degrees of completeness. You may need to create some additional pipe parts and fittings to use them in your environment.
For learning and experimenting, the DIN steel folder has a more complete library, so I would recommend trying that set.
Drag in a flange from that folder into your assembly. You will get a Route Properties "Property Manager (PM) asking you to select your pipe and elbows. Cear the checkbox "Customize Settings" and then browse to the DIN steel pipe and DIN steel elbows from the same download folder to start routing.
If you decide to use this content going forward, you wall eventually want to move them to your design library/routing library (possibly on a network share) and set up your route properties templates for your most common flange/pipe/elbows combinations.
Correction. Apply the checkbox "Customize Settings", not clear the checkbox "Customize Settings"
Jeff Niederman wrote: ...set up your route properties templates for your most common flange/pipe/elbows combinations. Thanks,Jeff
Jeff Niederman wrote:
Could you possible tell us where to find information about how to set up the Route Properties Templates (the one found in the Routing Library Manager)? The reason I ask is because last year there was hardly any information about it in the help file and what there was didn't explain anything. Now there seems to be none.
It would be great to be able to work with Pipe Classes but nobody so far has been able to help me set it up.
The intent of the templates is to save you the time of selecting your pipe and elbows every time you start a route by letting you create pre-defined templates that you can choose from. It is helpful if you use the same selections over and over again.
You can create a template with specified pipe part and schedule, and you can assign elbow part and schedule for the varying applications you work with most frequently. The diameter/sizes of the pipes and elbows are still driven by the Cpoint in the flange, but you can pre-configure the schedules and elbow behavior in the templates.
Does the information above help you?
I agree that the documentation is lacking. There is a 5 minute video produced by tech support in Solution S-057249 of the SolidWorks Knowledge Base which demonstrates creating a sample template with varying custom elbows for different angle conditions. It may add some clarity.
As with anyone who was taught to be a piping draughtsman I had hoped that indeed the intent was to be able to set up pipe class specs as soon as I saw the Route Properties Template screen.
Thank you for pointing out that there is a video, found it and downloaded it.
Will look asap.
Any idea when some documention about it might follow? Not much good to have great new features that aren't documented, let alone having one page of insight of the duh variation (e.g. Use weld gaps = select and specify a value for the weld gap) that is buried in the help file. I only found that page after doing a search on "schedule".
Thank you and John for your patience in general and especially with letting us bend you ear.
Thank you again for the explanation and demonstration. Even after seeing the aforementioned video we still weren't able to set it up. It worked as it should at our VAR but I already have contacted them to let them know that it doesn't seem to work at any of our machines. At least now it's definate that it must be something on our end.
Thanks alot for your help Jeff!
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