Learn about adding and rotating elbows and reducers in a route.
- [Instructor] Let's take a look at some of the routes that we've created. We can see that the major features are actually different colors. You'll see that here the flanges and elbows are located in yellow. The pipe lengths are located in this pink fuchsia color. Down here, since we used a form bend instead of an elbow that is also located in that same pink color. This will help you differentiate between them, when you're looking at your routes. Now, I want to start a route, just like last time. However, let's look at how we can add in elbows without letting the program automatically generate it for us.
Instead, we're going to drag in things like elbows and reducers from our design library. So, the first thing were going to do is actually delete this route so that we can try to emulate something very similar in this same spot. So I'm going to go over to select this from my drop down here. Right click on that assembly. And select Delete. Now go ahead and confirm delete, and click Yes. And now you'll see the whole route has completely gone away. And, it's removed over here from my feature tree.
So, let's start out just like last time and right click on the center point of that flange. Select Start Route. Let's keep all the route properties identical as before. Right click on the center of this flange. And select Add To Route. So everything's looking very similar. I'm going to go ahead and change my units once again. And, put those to inches. And, now go back in to this route and select Edit Route. So, now this time though, instead of using our same 3D sketching tools, we're actually going to come up in our design library over on the right.
Select the drop down for piping. Drop down for elbows. And you'll see that we have a few different options. We have 180 degrees, 45 degrees, and 90. And in this situation, let's go ahead and look at some of our many options. You can see that we have both inch and metric options. And we're going to go with the 90 degree LR inch elbow selection. So just like we were with the flange, we're going to click and drag this over to our route. And you'll see that using the same smart mate technology it's going to snap to the end of my pipe.
However, it's actually facing in the wrong direction. So an easy way to change this right now is just to hit Tab on your keyboard. And you'll see that as you do that it flips back and forth. If you wanted to rotate it not 180 degrees go ahead and while you're still holding everything down, select Shift. And use your left and right arrow keys to rotate it around. Now, I want it to be flat, so I'm going to go ahead and leave it right there. I let everything go. And, the selected configuration screen comes up once again. So I'm going to select Okay.
And you'll see that I've added that to the end of the pipe. Now, let's go ahead and add an additional one. It left out the same elbow so I can do the same thing on this other side. And you'll see that it again snaps into place. This time it was in the correct direction so I don't need to do any rotation this time. All I have to do is click. And you've got two elbows. Now that I'm done inserting them I'm going to go up to the top right and select the X. Now, however, we actually don't have anymore stub lengths coming out of the end of here.
So what you're going to have to do is right click. And add these points to your route, as well. Right click on those control points. Add To Route. And, you have new stub lengths coming out of each of those ends of the elbows. And, you have more to work with. So, now one other item that we're going to work on adding in is a reducer. Which is definitely something you might need when creating your assembly. This is again, something that we can find up in our design library. So this time we're going to click on the reducer's tab.
Select Reducer. And drag it onto the end of our pipe just like we did before. Again, select the configuration you'd like. And, let's add another one for good measure, on the other side of this pipe, as well. And there you go. You now have reducers and elbows both added to this assembly. And, you're good to go. Definitely feel free to explore some of the other items in the design library, as well, as you need them. And, we're actually going to look at a few more later on and how we can add them to some of our pipes.
- 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