- Select existing fittings that match desired parts - creating from scratch is not only painful, but foolish..for my buttweld pipe, I started from standard and went forward from there...
- Make a copy of the fittings you need to a new location - preferably, where you plan on storing these when they're added to a project or template.
- Select Corresponding Lookup tables - edit the fittings family to see what the referenced lookup table is - then make a copy.
- Rename Tables to match your standard - don't use the same names, especially if you're editing the values.
- Edit tables for correct sizes (again -review each fitting family and determine what dimensional parameters correspond with the correct ##values##).
- After editing, copy the Tables to default pipe lookup table location.
- Next, edit fitting to correctly located the lookup table (this must be in the final location – otherwise, the table may not find the correct file)
- Copy edited fittings to shared location, or load into your template.
- Create a test project, and define the pipe types, setting the fittings.
- Verify the pipe size material used matches the standard used to define the fittings, so OD, flange diameter, etc. match - don't forget about this, it's stored under the Mechanical Settings, under pipe sizes - we use the ones we purchased from CADworks, with some modifications to add pipe sizes.
- Flex/Test fittings and pipe types to make sure they work right!
I've tried this both ways - making from scratch, and working from copies - and it's a heck of a lot easier to work from the copy.
Now - go make those pipes right!