Quick tip for placing Pipe Fittings

Originally Published 10/31/2013

Hey there.  Been a very busy couple of weeks, some big projects rolling in.  I haven’t had time for much other than drafting.  But, since I had a small break in the action this morning while waiting for a large assembly to load, I decided to put together this quick tip from Autodesk ® Inventor Tube & Pipe.

When working within a pipe route, it is sometimes necessary to have multiple copies of the same fitting available on the screen.  Or sometimes you just want to quickly place one copy of an existing fitting.  The temptation here is to use copy and paste functions, in order to avoid having to keep going back to the Content Center.  Content Center is great, don’t get me wrong.  But it can take some time to open and navigate through large libraries to locate a single fitting.

Inside of Tube & Pipe, however,… do not EVER EVER use copy and paste.  Bad things happen.  All might seem well at first, but now try to delete one of these fittings.  There is at least a chance you will be unable to do so.

A quick tip to use, is the “Place Fitting” command.  Normally this command takes you to a file window to navigate to a file outside of the Content Center.  But with this little tip, it can be used for placing a CC part without the CC being opened.  It’s so simple it took me by surprise the first time.  The secret is that the fitting has to be somewhere in your assembly already…. even in a different sub-assembly.  Simply locate the fitting in question either in your currently active sub-assembly, or in the assembly browser.  Pick the fitting to preselect it, then pick the Place Fitting command.

Place Fitting Command

A copy of the selected fitting will be brought in, with all of the normal piping options available (Place, Connect, Insert).  If you use this, and place the new fitting over the top of an existing one, it will replace the existing fitting, as long as it is possible for the fitting to work in that location.  For example, placing a tee over an elbow will replace the elbow.  You may have to toggle the orientation, but again this is quicker than using the Replace Fitting and scrolling through the CC.  This has saved me a lot of time rummaging through a very large CC to find something that is right in front of me on the screen.  Not earth shattering…. but I hope it helps somebody out there!


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CAD Department Supervisor at Powell Fabrication & Manufacturing, Inc. CAD Designer & Detailer specializing in Inventor Tube & Pipe, Frame Generator, Content Center, Vault Professional. Autodesk Expert Elite member. Blogger. AU 2014 Speaker. Husband and father.

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One comment on “Quick tip for placing Pipe Fittings
  1. ASI_Aaroin says:

    Hey Chris, great post! I would also like to add that this little trick will work on CC parts as well to get to the family and part quick in the CC. Select the part, click Place from CC and there it is! Hope this helps!


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