Routing in SolidWorks is used when piping, tubing or electrical circuits are employed.
Routing defines the path that will act as the path for pipes and electrical circuitry.
Routing is an add-in in SolidWorks. Which comes in supplement with SolidWorks premium. As it is an Add-in therefore to make it accessible go to options and select Add-in option which is located below ‘customize’.
A list of Add-ins will pop up. Look for SolidWorks routing. Select it, and click ok.
When you install routing you will get a folder in “design library” specifically for routing.
Inside there we have the electrical components, some tubing, some miscellaneous components and piping folder. In this example we are going to focus on the piping folder in design library.
Easiest way to get a route started is to drag and drop the component from the design library to the designing area in SolidWorks.
Select this slip on weld flange and drag and drop it from the design library to the designing area in SolidWorks.
And when you do that it is going to ask you which configuration setting you want it to be on.
Let’s select slip on Flange 300-NP54.
Then SolidWorks will ask you to verify or make any changes to the standard given.
When you will click ok, SolidWorks will put a line on the sketching environment and when you will drag the end point of that line, it will increase the length of the component.
To increase the length of the pipe, which is coming out of flange, simply continue drawing sketch which will start from the first end point.
When you will do the sketching in the 3-D environment, SolidWorks add-in routing will automatically apply fillets and continue to lengthen the pipe as shown in the above pictures.
This feature of routing addin makes it one of the most used addin in solidworks and makes solidworks compatible for piping and electrical circuitry.
Add the dimensions as shown by red pointers and we want to add a reducer to the end which is indicated by the green pointer.
So, to add a reducer, go to Reducer folder in Design library and select eccentric reducer.
Drag this reducer to the end and drop it to place the reducer.
The reducer placed, and new flange which will be placed at the end of the pipe design.
The final assembly.
To create a modification to this, let’s consider a case where you need branches coming off the main pipe.
To do this, create the sketch from wherever you need the branch to start.
And as soon as you will place a flange at the end, it will create the branched pipe, to finalize the branch, click on penetrate as this will knit the surfaces and will not block the main pipe anymore.
The penetrated branched pipe.
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