2D Pipe Routings
Need for 2D Pipe Routings?: To create a 3D Model, first you have to create concenptual 2D Pipe Routing, with pipe center line elevations marked on each horizontal pipe line. This gives idea about layout in plan view. This can be converted in 3D Pipe Routing, by lifting the horizontal pipe lines to the elevations of the pipe center line. In 3D view, the vertical lines can be joined from end points of horizontal pipe lines.
Generaly one pipe line is drawn on one layer. This helps is segragating pipe lines. When one line routing in 3D is completed, that layer can be frozen, to avoid confusion.
Program for 2D Pipe Routings
Most CAD Packages are prepared in such a manner that these can be easily customized. 4 Programs of OpenPipe are such customized programs. The 2D program is based totally on LISP programs and no symbols or blocks are created. Pipe line is cut in the portion where fitting is drawn. Since blocks are not there, there is a lot of saving of Disk space. Since the program is written in LISP, program can be even modify further. The different piping entities can be arranged on different layers. This is a menu driven program. Special Dialogue Boxes are created to make the program more user friendly.
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|To try the program, send a request for trial package. The package is a zip file, pipe2d_demo.zip. There is no setup.exe file as in other packages. Download and unzip pipe2d_demo.zip and copy files in a folder. While running AutoCAD program, click on tools ->Options (or Preferences) -> Files -> + of Support File Search Path -> Add -> Browse -> Select the folder.
At command prompt run menuload command (Type menuload and press enter).
A dialog box will open showing acad as current menu in menugroup tab. Click on browse near file name text box. Change folder to the folder where all program files are located and click on arrow of Files of Type box. Select Menu Template (*.mnu) and select pipe2d_mm or pipe2d_inch as menu to be loaded. Click on load button. Click yes to continue. Click on close.
pipe2d menu will be loaded, and start using pull down menu. The pull-down menu, pipe2d has all the 3D piping model drawing options. The other menu items are not modified.|
Trial programs are full scale programs without option to insert Valves.
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