Have you ever been working on creating a new Tube & Pipe style in Inventor, only to have the fittings you know you just published not show up in the library browser for the style? Me too. It can be very annoying, but there is usually a pretty simple explanation.
Once you have verified that the fittings were published properly and can be inserted into an assembly from the Content Center by normal means, take a look at the units of the fittings and the pipe conduit you are assigning to the Style in question. usually this type of issue is linked to the size parameters on the pipe or fitting not matching just right.
For example: I have a pipe conduit part that has Imperial sizes of 1 thru 12 inches, expressed in the Family Table under the ND column (nominal diameter) as 1, 2, 3 etc. I assign that pipe to a Tube & Pipe style, and look for the fittings to go with it. The elbow that I want to use is also Imperial sizes 1 thru 12 inches, but in the family table under whatever column calls out the nominal size they are listed as 1 in, 2 in, 3 in etc. More than likely your fitting is not going to show up in the library browser. But if you edit that family table so that the units match the pipe conduit… lo and behold, there it is.
Another example: Same pipe conduit as above, but now you’ve selected pipe size 2 1/2. If the elbow family table does not contain a 2 1/2 size, it will not even show up as a choice in the library browser.
I guess the best advice here is to choose one method of expressing your units and make it the same across the board. this is especially difficult when publishing fittings that may come form older iParts. It means double checking the ipart table before publishing or, if already published, editing the family table in the Content Center Editor.
Incidentally, did you know that Content Center tables may be edited using Microsoft Excel? Look in the upper left corner of the editor toolbar….
Pick that button and your family table opens in Excel, where you can use tools such as find/replace to make quick changes in large tables.
Also, note in this table that in my Size column, I have mixed fractional and decimal units. I left these as such to illustrate that this is another potential mismatch with the pipe, and could cause the T&P Style editor to not see this fitting as a valid match.
I’ve put forth yet another Inventor Idea Station Idea, with suggested changes to the Tube & Pipe Style Editor. Please feel free to give it your Kudos, or add any suggestions of your own to the idea.
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