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SOLIDWORKS Routing Resources including technical tips and tutorials

SolidWorks Routing: Remating a Routing Connector to Change Its Position

Occasionally you may want to move a connector (or flange for pipe) to a different location than it was originally dropped on.  You will find mates present on the component in the Feature Tree if the route sketch is not controlling the position of the…

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Process, Pneumatic, Hydraulic and Electric Schematics

When showing the electrical capabilities of E3.WireWorks to our customers I have had many of them ask me whether it is a suitable tool for doing other types of schematics as well. The types that are most commonly asked for are hydraulics and pneumatics but process design (P&ID) should not be excluded. A lot of the functionality that I show in electrical design carries directly over to these disciplines. Some examples include, quick connections, device naming, connection lists, bill of materials, etc. Some of you may have seen the new SolidWorks 2011 functionality which leverages P&ID’s for automatically generating piping. You may have wondered where these P&ID’s come from… well, luckily E3.WireWorks has stepped up to the plate and has programmed a way to generate…

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How to substitute a custom elbow into a Pipe Route

Pick Replace Fitting

When Pipe Routing you may need to have an elbow that has a drain or weldolet on it.  This is actually easily accomplished.  Simply model the modified elbow and use the replace fitting command to swap it into the route.  Best results are likely achieved if…

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Notes on combining multiple Routing library files

Configuration Properties

To speed up the Pipe Routing process or simplify your library, it may help you to combine similar routing parts into one file.  You can make configurations with different Material Properties for example.  Just make sure to have the configuration specific routing property “Pipe Identifier” a…

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Pipe Routing using only one elbow file with multiple angle configurations

Specify Elbow

In SolidWorks Pipe Routing we can only specify one default elbow for the route subassembly.  Historically this  meant that if we have more than one angle of elbow in the route, we had to browse each time for every case not matching the default.  Now we…

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