Inventor® Tube & Pipe Dynamic Route Editing – Adrian Salariu, Author


Today am I sharing the mic with a talented designer and blogger, Adrian Salariu.  Adrian is a design engineer with Veolia Water and Technologies in High Wycombe UK. He has worked on Tube and Pipe for more than 2 years, Inventor and Autocad for over 11 years.  When not with his 10 weeks son he maintains the and helps others on Inventor forum.  Adrian wants to share with us some tips and techniques for editing pipe routes in Inventor Tube & Pipe.  So, without further ado… here’s Adrian.  Enjoy!

Hi, my name is Adrian Salariu and I am the writer behind I want to thank Chris for inviting me to share a couple of thoughts on his blog and for his massive community support on T&P module of Autodesk Inventor.

I want to show you some techniques on editing routes and most importantly the dynamic edit.

The most common way of editing a route would be to browse for it in the left hand pane and double click on it or right click edit to activate the environment.


On a similar base if the route end is visible and you change your selection filter to Part Priority from the top quick access menu or by right clicking while pressing shift you can edit the route by double click or right click edit in the graphical window.



You can also select the route if you zoom out a couple of times. Inventor saves graphical memory by dynamically hiding small parts off so if you zoom out long enough the smaller items become invisible so you can see/select the route while the fittings and pipe segments are hidden.  I rarely use this and I know you probably won’t as well but we’re just showing you that it’s possible.

TIP: Not on the video but with part selection filter on, if you hold your mouse over the center of the pipes to where the route would be and you wait for the “Select Other” or you right click “Select Other” you probably get the route selected and then you can right click “Edit” to enter the environment.

The next one is my favorite and the one I use most often, it just seems simple and fast no fuss, no error. While keeping part selection filter if you right click on any of the fittings or segments of the route and you select “Find In Browser” (I use RIGHTCLICK+B) you will find the route by being the first one above the fitting (or pipe segment) you selected. Because all pipe segments and fittings of a route are nicely arranged just below the route in the browser this is an easy/fast way of finding the route.

Sometimes when editing the route it’s very difficult to see what you’re doing from all the surrounding equipment that gets in the way so the trick is to disable that component. If it’s an electric panel, a skid, a frame, or anything that clutters your view you can disable it and it will become transparent, not selectable but visible allowing you work around it.


Now I can edit the route a bit faster but changing the route in sketch mode is not very intuitive and you need to keep getting out of it to see and update the results. Sometimes it’s easyer for you to see the equipment while doing the route changes so we’re in luck because there is a faster/better way of editing the route. If you select the route and you right click on it you while inside the parent run you have “Dimension Visibility” that will show you the sketch dimensions.


At this point if you try and edit a dimension you will actually edit the route because you are still on part filter selection so what you need to do is change the selection filter to “Feature Priority” or “Select Sketch Features” priority and now if you double clik on a dimension you can change it’s value, and what’s most important is that the route updates dynamically. This way you see the effect of the changes of the dimensions in real time. This is useful if you need to measure distances in between the equipment and then change the dimensions accordingly.


Unfortunately dimension visibility can only be changed from within the T&P environment so while you can edit dimensions from the top level assembly you can’t show/hide dimensions and most importantly the updates are not dynamic. Outside T&P you need to do a “Rebuild All” to see the changes which I don’t recommend especially on large assemblies. So keep it simple and edit the routes from T&P.

I hope you didn’t found this too boring and I hope you learned something new and for better visual understanding of the above info I have attached a video as well.

Next time I will show you a couple of ways for placing fittings, so make sure you check back. Meanwhile thank you Chris once again for hosting this and please get back to us with comments and remarks down below at the end of the page.



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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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