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Draw pipes

The tool is highlighted with a blue circle on the image above. This is an easy way to design pipings to anywhere, the tool can be also used for different purposes like for creating railings. For example when designing a new pipeline to the factory, if you have either a laser scanned or a 3d model of the factory, you can easily to move around and find the place to the pipe. First this tutorial goes through how to use the tool, and then all the different snaps.

Start modeling

Modeling the pipes happens with tool controller. After you have selected the tool, a small triangle appears on the top of the tool controller and it's the starting point of the pipe. Start drawing pipes by clicking tool controllers trigger.

Create and finish

After you have started the modeling, pull or push the tool controller to, increase or decrease the size of the pipe. When the size is correct, click trigger to start drawing the pipe by moving the controller, or yourself, when moving yourself the pipe follows the tool controller. If you want to create bends, click tool controllers trigger again and a bend will appear. Finishing the pipe happens by clicking tool controllers touch wheel.

Undo

If a mistake happens, you can undo your pipe creation step by step by clicking tool controllers menu button

1. Close tool

Close the current tool and return to the tool menu

2. Draw mode

In draw mode you can create pipes

If you want to join a new pipeline to the existing pipe, push your tool controller to the pipe and a orange circle will appear to the pipe, it indicates the starting point of the pipe you are joining. When place is correct click tool controllers trigger to start drawing the pipe.

3. Edit and delete mode

Edit

After selecting the mode, when you push your tool controller towards the pipe and the small triangle on the top of the controller touches the pipe, balloons will appear tho the end points of the pipe and also in the bends. If you want to move a point of the pipe, push your controller to the desired balloon and the balloon will turn to red. Press and hold tool controllers trigger and adjust the place of desired point, releasing the trigger stops the action.

Delete

After selecting the mode, push your tool controller towards the pipe, when the small triangle on the top of the controller touches the pipe, click tool controllers menu button to delete the pipe

4. Make smooth bends

When creating the bends to the pipe they are smooth

5. Make sharp bends

When creating the bends to the pipe they are sharp

All the different snaps what the tool includes


1. Snap pipediameter to dn sizes

Snaps the diameter to the pipe to correspond dn sizes

2. Snap bend radius to corresponding selected dn diameter

Snaps the bend radius to corresponding pipe dn diameter

3. Snap bend radius to the value of the first bend

All the bends in the pipe have the same bend radius

4. Snap pipe direction to vertical or horizontal

Snaps the pipes direction to vertical or horizontal

5. Snap to pipe center axis

Snaps the center of the pipe to the existing pipe (when joining pipes)