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    Getting Started

    Introduction to the Basics

    Cadpipe Control Center

    When you first select the Cadpipe Program icon on your desktop, you will automatically start up the Cadpipe Control Center. The control center helps you create and organize a directory structure for your projects in a way that all of the Cadpipe modules understand. When you enter for the first time, you will be in the default working project directory created during installation. Of course, you can always just use that, but for this purpose we will assume that you have already created a project within the Industrial 3D Pipe document. All projects created apply to all Cadpipe Industrial modules. If you have already gone through that, you will see a very similar dialog box here.

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    Create a Drawing

    Right click within the Files area, and you will see the File Operations dialog box below.

    Enter, or use the Browse Key to select a prototype drawing. For this purpose, we will accept the default. Enter your Drawing name. Pick OK, and you will see your new drawing name appear in the listing in the project manager.

    Either double ‘click’ the drawing name, or pick Launch at the bottom of the control center screen, and AutoCAD will open the drawing, and Cadpipe will load.

    If you have both metric and imperial Iso installed, you will see the following prompt. Please select your preference. If you only have one of these installed, you won’t see this dialog box, and go straight to the next.

    See the Available options. Move and Copy will open a browse window. Here we will select Create.

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    As this is a new drawing, you will have to go through an initialization procedure. This only happens the first time you enter a new uninitialized drawing file. First you will be prompted as to whether or not you would like to initialize the dwg. It is best to agree.

    Job numbers entered in this screen can be used for the BOM or for the global bill of materials. In this case, enter anything you’d like, or simply leave that empty, and select OK. We will also check off the Place a border box, which will set your drawing sheet size, as well as your drawing limits.

    Becuase we selected the Place a border box, you will be prompted with sheet size lists. The dialox box shown is imperial, but will reflect metric sheet sizes if that was initially chosen.

    You should see the dialog box below, which confirms that Cadpipe is loaded.

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    Once Cadpipe is loaded, please set up your AutoCAD screen to your preferences. For example, you may want to dock your toolbars, units of preference etc.

    It is a good idea to have your AutoCAD Osnap toolbar docked as well for easy access.

    You may also find that laying out your PID’s is easiest with Ortho mode and Snap on. Here we have the snap set to 1/16”.

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    Customizing your setup .

    Cadpipe PID allows you to set up company standards. While in this example, we are not going to modify anything here, you might want to have a look.

    You can find the Edit Defaults command under the Edit pulldown menu, or on the CP PID Ribbon Tab.

    For example, you might want to have your valves appear with end type specific blocks

    You would find this under Toggles, #13 – Place Valves with distinctive ends. Turning this toggle on would have your flanged valves show up as they do below on the left, rather than the default (on the right).

    Or you could set a polyline width for your flow lines, under Drawing Standards, and #6 and #7. Additional flowline layers will use the Secondary flow line setting.

    There are many other settings that you could modify, but for this exercise, we will accept default settings.

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    Commands to Remember

    Reset – Located under the Settings pulldown menu, the CP PID Ribbon Tab, and on the Settings toolbar as shown.

    This command will reset all of your applicable current settings to those of a digitized fitting. For example, line designation, size and rating

    Undo Back – Located under the Edit pulldown menu, All Cadpipe Ribbon Tabs, and on the Settings toolbar as shown. This will undo your last Cadpipe fitting placement.

    Cadpipe Current Settings

    Current Settings

    This dialog box shows you all of your current settings. That is, all of the parameters that define the pipe or fittings that you are going to place. ie Pipe size, rating etc. It is available on the Settings toolbar as illustrated, under the Settings pulldown menu, or on the CP PID ribbon tab.

    The first thing that you will want to look at here is the Line Designation. Set your line number to whatever you like. (P-555 used here) Do not include the pipe size in the line number – this will only cause duplication.

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    Cadpipe comes equipped with many example piping specifications. Obviously, you would set up your own, initially by copying one of our supplied samples and renaming that. For this purpose though, we will set to AAA1 – which is a supplied, generic 300# CS spec. Further information on customizing piping specs will be discussed later.

    For now, set your spec to AAA1. You will see a spec check ‘button’. When that is turned on, you will see all the settings below become deactivated. The spec controls the rating and end types. If you want to change either of these, you can turn spec check off, and they will be active again.

    The spec override button disables spec check for one placement, and is also available on the placement dialog boxes. Don’t worry about that one at this time. You’ll notice the pipe/equipment settings as well. This, we will leave at pipe, but this setting will allow you to set items to separate in your BOM, as they are potentially supplied by the equipment vendor.

    We will also ignore the settings at the bottom of this dialog box for the time being. – Plant, PID number etc.

    For example, with AAA1, spec on – change your pipe size from 1” to 6” (25-150mm), and you’ll see the settings in the dialog box change. This spec is SW small bore, with 800# valves, and BW / RF 300# large bore. Remain set to 6” (150mm)

    While it is not required to use piping specs at all, it is recommended. We’ll use AAA1 in this example, but feel free to use another if you prefer. A brief description of our generic supplied specs follows. All listed use the AP database unless otherwise noted.

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    For your information....

    Summary of Supplied Example Specs : All use the ANSI Plus database unless otherwise noted.

    AAA1 300# CS

    ABB1 300# CS / THRD Small Bore

    C12A 150# CS

    C12LJ 150# CS, Lap Joint Flanges

    C32A 300# CS

    C62A 600# CS

    C92A 900# CS

    CA2B 1500# CS

    CB2B 2500# CS

    CL-001 600# Clamped

    F-LINED 150# CS Lined

    FLGD 150# CS Flanged

    FRP1 150# Fibercast (Plastics db)

    FRP2 150# FRP Lapped (Plastics db)

    PVC 150# PVC (Plastics db)

    S11C 150# 304 SS (AP db)

    S11D 150# 304L SS (AP db)

    S11E 150# 316 SS (AP db)

    S11F 150# 316L SS (AP db)

    S11LJ 150# 304 SS Lap Joint (SS db)

    S31C 300# 304 SS (AP db)

    S31D 300# 304L SS (AP db)

    S31E 300# 316 SS (AP db)

    S31F 300# 316L SS (AP db)

    S61C 600# 304 SS (AP db)

    S61D 600# 304L SS (AP db)

    S61E 600# 316 SS (AP db)

    S61F 600# 316L SS (AP db)

    Depending on your installation, you may also see supplied example specs from the DIN or BS databases.

    Because of the editing capabilities of Cadpipe PID, you can always add, or modify your specs at a later date, and have the drawing update automatically.

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    Cadpipe PID is supplied with a fairly extensive equipment library. You will find this on your Place

    pulldown menu, or the CP PID Ribbon tab as shown. Additional pieces of equipment can be added, but will be discussed in later documentation.

    For this example, we will place a horizontal vessel, and a centrifugal pump, as illustrated below. PID’s are schematic drawing files, so locations shown are approximate. Feel free to modify them as you wish.

    Watch your command line for entry prompts.

    Equipment section of Ribbon tab.

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    Layer colors can be controlled through the AutoCAD layer command. Further information on layer control will be discussed in subsequent documentation.


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    Select vessel / boot:

    Return, or Enter to exit the command.

    We will also place a pump.


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    Flow Lines

    Cadpipe uses an intelligent flow line to represent a run of pipe. Items placed on that flow line automatically adopt the intelligence of that line. (line number size, rating and piping specification)

    Set your flow line layer either on your Place pulldown menu, or on the CP PID Ribbon Tab as shown. Adding additional flow line layers will be discussed in subsequent documentation.

    Place Flow line is under the Place pulldown menu, the