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Does anyone have Spools working correctly?

Question asked by Christopher Lewis on Sep 26, 2013
Latest reply on Oct 9, 2013 by Stephen Gioacchini

I want to use spools in my pipe routing assembles because it would reduce the amount of piping runs I am using. I am sure it would fix many issues I have because everything is together in one assembly.


What I have noted in the other routing sections (tube and electrical) is the routes are attached to fixed locations. One end is attached to the circuit board and the other end is attached to a fan. Both parts are mated down solid.

But in piping one flange is attached to a pump (solid part) and the other is attached to a valve (floating). This is pipe run 1, and then we come in and make a second pipe run. We attach a flange to the other side of the valve and go to another valve. Pipe run 2 is completely floating. If I move anything in the first pipe run the second run may not come with the first and will break.


Why do I do this?

I have to make drawings of each of the pipe runs to be built and I don’t want them to be too large. Imagine that as one drawing!

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Currently I have 50 pipe runs in this model which is 50 drawings!


Where do spools come in?

I could reduce this model to 5-8 runs and then use spools to make up the 50 drawings. Each run would be attached to something solid on either end just like the other packages.

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Currently I can do exactly what I want with define spools!!!

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We have one run with 3 spools and it works great.  But it doesn’t work great because I can’t get anything to work in a spool. Can’t get dimensions on o-lets, flanged valves need flanges on either side and a list of stuff doesn’t work in the spool tool.

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Where am I going wrong?


Maybe I need to learn how to use the routing library manager more effective???

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