Take a look at what virtual and internal parts mean, and how they affect the routing process.
- [Instructor] Let's look at the new parts that were created in our feature tree when we performed the auto-routing. Let's click the dropdown from this assembly, and you'll notice that under Components and Route Parts we now have the weld flanges and we have our new pipe that was added. Parts that are drawn from our routing library are saved as internal. Lengths of pipe or slight alterations are saved to the virtual. So our weld flanges, since they directly came from the library and had no alterations, these are known as internal. However, the pipe, since it's a different length for each time, is known as virtual.
Therefore, if we go look at our dropdown and from our other assemblies and see our different route parts and components, you'll see that we have a lot of other elbows and flanges as well as additional lengths of pipe that are all saved differently. This is important to note if you're transferring files to other people's computers so that you make sure that they have all the necessary files when opening. You might have noticed that when I'm saving files I'm saving it internally inside my assembly. This prevents my computer from having many parts saved onto the hard drive.
In our exercise files, you'll have design library parts saved there as well, so you can easily open all of your assemblies. However, if you would like to include all reference components when saving your assembly, make sure when you're going up to File, Save As, you select Include All Reference Components. This will make sure that everything is included when you're passing off your files, including the design library files such as pipes or reducers. Now that we know how to make pipes and routes, it's time to explore how to edit and add in additional features.
- 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