Using Inventor Professional's Tube and Pipe For

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Chutes and No Ladders – Using Inventor
Professional’s Tube and Pipe For Facilities Design
Mike Jolicoeur
Field Product Manager, Factory Design Suite
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Class Summary
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You have a new process going into a facility
 You know what equipment you need for it
 You have the 3D assets and have placed them
 There needs to be large conduits connecting things together
 There are pipes in proximity to my design and I want to avoid them
 How can I create and represent these….
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Quickly
 Accurately
 Easily
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Learning Objectives
At the end of this class, you will know:
 When to use Inventor Tube and Pipe, (and when not to)
 Techniques for using Pipe Generator to create Factory Assets
 When to use Tube and Pipe in layout context
 How to create a drawing of your pipe run with a BOM
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Use Cases
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Common sites in facilities….
Connection piping must
go through here
This connects two assets
together
My design must fit under
here
This connects an asset to
a building system
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Considerations
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What does the piping or ductwork
represent?
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Is it existing building geometry? (an
obstacle you have to work around)
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Is it new geometry? (new pipes that will
be an obstacle for others)
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Am I responsible for installing it? (does it
require fab drawings and a BOM?)
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What to use?
For overall system design,
Inventor is NOT the tool to
use.
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What to use?
For overall system design,
use Revit MEP or Plant 3D.
Rule of thumb – If the drawing requires a piping schedule, don’t use Inventor.
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What to use?
For systems component
design, however, Inventor
works well.
For rapidly building 3D
representations Inventor
works well.
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Building piping components
DEMONSTRATION
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Tips and Takeaways
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Use skeletons to aid in route creation
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Create your own pipe style and size accordingly
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Derive the assembly before creating as an asset
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Break the link!!!!
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More about pipe styles…. (Rigid Piping)
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More about pipe styles…. (Tubing)
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Piping or Tubing – which should I use?
• Tubing works well for creating piping that may be obstacles
to work around
• It performs better as there are not components to deal with
• Piping works well for creating piping that needs a bill of
material and cut list
• Piping works well in critical fit areas where the dimensions of
the flanges etc may interfere
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Creating your own piping fittings
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Piping fittings can be made from any Inventor part
 Changeable ones are iParts
 Simple workflow
 Tip… Copy one from the standard library and modify to suit
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Using the style to populate a layout
DEMONSTRATION
And create an installation drawing
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Tips and Takeaways
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Make sure your assets have something to connect to
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Let Inventor do the hard work
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Leverage the standard library to develop your own fittings
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Bills of materials are easy to get
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Questions?
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Call To Action
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Feedback
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 Discussion groups – autodesk.com/discussiongroup-factorydesignsuite
 Email Feedback – [email protected]
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 Process Simulation – labs.autodesk.com/utilities/process_sim
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