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Tom W.

Joining pipes

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Hi could someone tell me the best way to get from this to this?:

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I ended up extruding the pipes so they overlapped, using the analysis tool, putting in a working plane, drawing a rectangle + extruding it then running subtract solid to trim each pipe end in turn:

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This was fine but rather long-winded + I'm sure there's a much cleverer way to do it, I just couldn't find it!

Thanks

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If you can get an orthogonal view of the intersection you can probably use the Trim or Split tools to make the cuts.

 

I have done similar things with pipes before and have not found a way I am really happy with. Making changes afterwards is always a pain.

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Hi Pat thanks that was the first thing I thought but I couldn't get the tools to snap on the line where the two pipes intersected...

However I've had another go + if I use the analysis tool to generate a disc where the two pipes intersect then in orthogonal view I can snap onto this with the trim tool + cut the mitres on the pipes. This feels a much better method than how I did it before

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I usually use extrude along path for situations like this. Easier to join the path than the tubes

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Thanks @Hans-Olav I think you're right.

 

However I also realised that if I did want to work with the 3D tubes rather than extrude a profile the easiest way is just to trim the tube ends to the correct angle separately (using trim tool in orthogonal view + setting the angle in the floating data pane) then drag them together

 

Not sure why I made such a meal of it thank you!

 

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Having said that it was good to play with the analysis tool

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7 minutes ago, Tom W. said:

Having said that it was good to play with the analysis tool

The analysis tool is one of those rather dry tools that hardly ever gets a mention. I find it really helpful for doing exactly what you have just used it for. 

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@markdd I'd never even heard of it until you mentioned it fairly recently in a post to someone! I had to go look for it!

This forum is a treasure trove of useful info so many thanks to people like yourself for taking the time to share your knowledge + experience 👍

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If you only need the shape then extrude along path is great. I usually need to keep everything as separate parts so I can do cut lists and take offs, so I am back to some form of trimming. Unless anyone has a better idea?

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