SOLIDWORKS 2017 has nipples?

Article by Chris Briand, CSWE created/updated November 5, 2016

SOLIDWORKS Pipe Nipples that is! This is a safe for work blog after all.

Another requested feature among those folks who use the Pipe & Tube Routing functionality within SOLIDWORKS has been the inclusion of Pipe Nipples in order to connect two fittings within a route assembly.

Our apologies for those who stumbled upon this article while searching for something else entirely, just to clarify: a Pipe Nipple is a short length of pipe with a male NPT thread at both ends.

SOLIDWORKS Pipe Nipples in the Routing Library Manager

SOLIDWORKS Routing Library Manager

SOLIDWORKS Pipe Nipples available

The routing component wizard now has built-in support for the creation of the following:

  • Barrel Nipples
  • Hex Nipples
  • Close Nipples
  • Weld Nipples
  • Hose Nipples

The included pipe nipples are fully featured with multiple configurations which drive a range of sizes from 1/8″ up to 12″ in some cases.  Route Points and Connection Points are also included so that the Nipples can be dropped into the desired assembly with full routing functionality.

Now you can have fun explaining to your significant other how you have enjoyed playing with new (pipe) nipples today!

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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.  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.