Inventor Tube & Pipe Mini-tip & What I’ve Been Up To.

So… where the heck have I been?  Buried, under one of the busiest quarters our company has ever seen.  Great to have so much work, but it has taken away from my time for writing and posting in the forums, Twitter etc.  In the off hours and on breaks I’ve been spenidng time outside taking pictures.  My new hobby, and I think I’m starting to get better at it.  If you are interested at all, you can see my pictures on my Flickr site here.  The site includes pictures I’ve taken with my new Nikon, as well as pictures taken with my phone from several of the last AU’s (including Moscow).  In less than two weeks I am heading to Hawaii for a two week vacation (badly needed), to celebrate my 30th wedding anniversary.  I’m sure I’ll have plenty more pictures uploaded after that.

So,… I mention a Tube & Pipe mini tip.  It’s not much, but it is a follow up on something I said way back when.  I’ve always offered the advice that, in Inventor Tube & Pipe, you should never, ever copy and paste fittings.  Once they are pasted into your pipe run… you’re stuck with them.  You cannot delete them.  I still don’t know exactly why, but that’s how it goes with Inventor sometimes.

Last week, in the midst of this mad hectic drafting period, I ran into an older assembly where someone (possible even myself) had done just that.  There were at least 6 pipe fittings in one pipe run that could not be deleted.  So, I started trying things.  I really did not want to start over, and I needed those fittings gone.   I ended up demoting them to a new sub-assembly within the pipe run.  The sub-assembly is then easily deleted, removing the unwanted fittings.

I still do not advocate copy and paste as good practice within tube & pipe runs, but it’s good to know that there IS a way to remove these if it happens.

So… that was it.  I told you it wasn’t much.  After my vacation, assuming our busy period slows back down to just plain busy… I will be getting back into setting up AutoCAD P&ID.  I’m guessing that in doing this, I should be able to come up with a few topics to write on.  So look for that through the summer and maybe into the fall, as well as updates on AU2016, where I hope to be speaking again this year.  Feel free to follow me on Flickr to see what new pictures I post (it’s all just for fun).  Have a great spring, and…


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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 “Inventor Tube & Pipe Mini-tip & What I’ve Been Up To.
  1. Hey Chris,

    Thanks for the tip. I have had issues in the past and it is good to know the work around.

    Congrats on 30 years. Your wife must be pretty special to hang around an Inventor/AutoCad nerd all those years. Got married there in 2002 and going back for my 15th next year.

    Keep up the good work.



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