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Inventor Pipe Auto-Routing; option to constrain to natural X,Y,Z axes

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by Distinguished Contributor CADDapult on ‎02-07-2013 12:40 PM

An option to have piping AutoRoutes be automatically constrained to the X,Y,&Z axes would be a huge help. For most industrial piping systems I'd say 99 times out of a hundred the designer wants pipe aligned with the natural axes.  For the times where the route angles don't matter just unselect the option to see the non-plumb routes Inventor offers.

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by *Expert Elite* on ‎05-03-2013 10:10 AM

I like this, but I'd rather have each new run, as well as the top level Tube & Pipe runs assembly automatically constrain origin plane to origin plane.  Tube & Pipe assy constrained to parent assembly, and each successive run constrained to the Tube & Pipe assy.  That way NOTHING moves by accident, causing youe entire assembly to get.... ugly.

by Valued Contributor schnautza on ‎06-13-2013 09:34 AM
I just worked on some tube and pipe and the only autoroutes it would give me were diagonal. I had to fight it by manually adding elbows where I wanted them in the assembly environment and constraining them in the XYZ axes. Took a lot longer than it should have.
by Valued Contributor lesmfunk on ‎09-10-2014 11:44 AM

And, for bent tube routing, the xyz bend machine output file starts somewhere in outer space. It should start at X0, Y0, Z0.

 

Great Idea!

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