||This task shows you
how to "follow" a flexible, meaning route parallel to part of an
existing flexible. When you route a flexible as explained below you are
creating a 'bundle'. A bundle is a type object that you can view in the
specifications tree. It constrains one or more tubes to a master
tube, to keep the tubes together.
||You should be
familiar with concepts and steps described in
Routing Flexibles. In the example below the user wants to create a
bundle by adding a new route
between the two unconnected components, and wants to use the existing
tube as a master which the new tube will follow.
You should have placed points
on the routable because these are used to indicate the portion you want
A bundle can also be created with two or more existing routes - see
Creating a Bundle With Existing Routes for
||Click the Flexible Tube Routing button
to open the Flexible Routing dialog box and then select the
start point of your route. Click the Follow Tube button
in the Flexible Routing dialog box. The Follow Tube
dialog box displays. In the example below the user has already made some
||Select the Center to Center option and make selections in
the other fields.
- The points are labeled as soon as you select the Master Tube,
which is the tube to which you will route parallel to.
- Select the start and end points - these are the points where
your new route will parallel the master route. You can select in the
viewer or by clicking on the down arrow next to each field.
- Enter an offset value - this is the value by which the new route
will be offset from the master route.
||The compass displays at the start point, and two circles display at the
start and end points. The circles represent the location where the new
route will parallel the master route. You can use the compass to
manipulate the location, as shown below.
||Click the Reverse Direction button to flip the location of the new
route to the opposite side of the master route.
||Click the Tangent to Surface button if you want the new
route to be parallel to the compass base plane. In the two images below
the red circle shows how changing the compass base plane changes the location of the new
||Click OK in the Follow Tube dialog box to return to the Flexible
Routing dialog box. A preview of your route displays. Select the
connector on the second component to complete your route. Click OK to
exit the Flexible Routing command.
If there is a clash at the intersection of two tubes then you may
need to place a point on the master route to realign the parallel
- You can "follow" only one point. In this case the new route will
parallel the master route just at that one location.
- You can route parallel to more than one master route, or to more
than one section of the same master route. To do this, repeat the
procedure described above.
- The location at which the tubes are constrained together - where
the circles display - is known as a bundle section.