There was a comment on my Pseudo Sump post as follows:
s.k. nelson said...
i've wondered how this could be done, but how do you attach pipes to the outside of the structure and not the center. is it another style or what?
This has a few possible answers depending on s.k.'s acutal question. So I will address them all:
Possible Question #1: How do you visually get your profiles to "trim" the pipes to the structure boundaries?
There are a few ways you can show your structures. You can show the mesh of the model itself, the outline of the model itself or you can show a block of your choice.
If you choose to show a block, the most popular option is to have the block size itself to match the model.
You can enable part masking to visually mask the joining of the pipes inside the manhole.
Possible Questions#2: How do you get your labeling to give you "Outside of Manhole to Outside of Manhole" pipe lengths instead of "Center of Manhole to Center of Manole" pipe lengths?
I believe this is new for 2007, because I remember looking for it in 2006 and not seeing it. In 2007, you can label structure to structure length, either 2D or 3D.
It is measured from the inside wall, so the thickness of the structure wall will make a difference. If those few inches are enough to bug you, go back into the parts builder and make some skinny walled structures.
If you need some help deciphering all of the choices in the text component editor- search help for: Part Properties Tab (Pipe Properties Dialog Box)
Possible Question #3: How do you actually get the model to only attach to the outside of the structure?
I don't think it will. I could be wrong. If you can get your labels to give you want you want as in my response to #2, and you can mask out the connection as in my response to #1, who cares? If you do care- maybe exploring the partsbuilder would be worth your time.
Nick from Engineered Efficiency is speaking at Autodesk University on the partsbuilder, so be there or be square!
Possible Question #4: None of the above?
you tell me :)