Learn about pulling data from SOLIDWORKS to export data for drawings in other software.
- [Teacher] After you are done with your route, you might need to get data about the pipe system that you created to use in other programs like Isogen for analysis or for creating drawings in external software. You can easily obtain this data by exporting the data. So how we can do this is go over to one of our routes that we want to export data from. I'm going to do top center route over here. I'm going to click that, right-click on it, and then go up to export pipe tube data. Now you'll see this option that comes up here for route exports.
I have my selected assembly here for the route that I want to export. Then I have that I want it to start at the origin. You can choose that you want to overwrite existing files if you've already exported data from this route before and want to create a new version, and then you can choose your pipe data in a .pcf format, whether you want to do it in millimeters or inches. Since I've been working inches for most of this, I'm going to stick with inches here. Then you can also export your tube of end tables if necessary and here you can see some of those options for tangent points, intersection points, etc., and you can export those as well, but we're going to go ahead and stick with our pipe data here in inches.
Go ahead and select export. It will take a moment and it will pop up down here on the bottom and it'll show the exported files. And now you have a few options. You can either go ahead and directly open that if you have software on your computer to already do that. You could go ahead and click copy all files, and then you can select a save location. You can email it directly. Or you can create a zip creating all the files if you've exported a large number of files from many different routes in this function. For us, we're going to go ahead and select copy all files, and then it gives us the option of where we want to save it.
I'm going to go ahead in to our exercise files, go to our chapter five, this chapter, and now I'm going to go ahead and directly save in to this folder. And now with that I can actually go back to the folder and I can see that the top center route file has been saved there and is ready to access for other software. This is a great tool for doing drawings and external program, however next we're going to look at how to create pipe drawings in SolidWorks itself.
- Sketching pipe in 3D
- Routing and auto-routing pipe
- Splitting and deleting pipe
- Adding weld gaps, slope, and penetration points
- Preparing pipe drawings
- Sketching and routing tubes