Adapting to Repetition in Inventor Tube & Pipe

So, you’re working in Inventor Tube & Pipe, and you find that you have several pipe runs that are exactly the same.  Do you create each one individually and spend a lot of time repeating yourself?  You certainly can do that, but there is another choice.  As each pipe run is saved as an Inventor assembly, they can easily be inserted into your assembly and placed using standard assembly constraints.  In this way you can duplicate a pipe run many times while only having to model it once.  Easy, right?  But what happens when someone comes along and wants to make a change to just one of these runs?  Well, the rest of them will follow the same change of course.  If this is not what you wanted, there is an alternative.

If you place the copied assembly beneath the Master Pipe Run (Tube & Pipe Runs.iam), you can select the copy and choose to make it adaptive.  When you select this option, a dialog will open allowing you to rename each part (not including library parts).  Once you have renamed these parts, the pipeline becomes an independent, adaptive and editable pipe run.  In this way you can quickly copy pipe runs that are nearly identical, without having to fully model each one, and still be able to make each one a unique run.

Here is a quick video of the procedure for this….

 

 

Enjoy!

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