Help Your Shop Cope with Complex Pipe Copings [VIDEO]

Article by Chris Briand, CSWE updated July 24, 2013


Generally termed coping is a process by which one part with an irregular surface is fitted to another. The most common examples we see are with interior molding or on pipe.
One flavor of design in which coping is rather prevalent is handrail design, if the connection is complex at the joints, advanced coping is done at the ends to ensure that we have a relatively smooth transition from one pipe segment to the next.

Take a look at the following video as I run through the method I use to produce a 1:1 scale print-out that can be then cut out with scissors and wrapped around the end of the pipe. Once fitted the path of the cut can be traced with chalk or a paint pen, and the complex coping then cut to fit.

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Chris Briand, CSWE

Chris has been educating and supporting Engineers, Designers and IT Personnel within the 3D CAD industry since 2002, and was adopted into the fantastic team of applications experts here at Javelin Technologies in early 2006 and migrated along with his team members to the TriMech Solutions team in 2021.  Chris enjoys the continuous learning driven by the ingenuity and challenges Designers bring forward. Innovation using 3D Printing, 3D CAD and other technologies, combined with a diverse background as a technologist, allows Chris to find solutions that accelerate Designers, and take Design Teams to new heights. Chris is currently being held at an undisclosed location, near Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.