Reducing Tee Workaround

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Getting Started

This article will cover a workaround for reducing tees for piping and round ducting within EdgeWise. Unfortunately, you cannot make native reducing tees within EdgeWise. However, there is a workaround that can be representative of the reducing tee geometry.

Prepping for the Workaround

While reducing tees cannot be made natively in EdgeWise, regular tees and reducers can. This workaround involves using a combination of those two connections.

First, ensure your pipes are already their correct sizes. If they aren’t, try extracting out the pipes again using the Extract (X) tool. Alternatively, open the Part Info Smartsheet (Q) and adjust the diameter of either pipe manually. We’ll be performing this workaround on the following example.

Fig 1: Starting Point for Reducing Tee Workaround

Now we are ready to perform the workaround. Start by using the Split tool (B) on two locations of your smaller pipe. Next, grab your Edit tool (E) and select the sliver you will have created. (The split tool seems like it doesn’t do anything until you actually make a selection). Your selection and sliver should look like the following:

Fig 2: Split then Edit Tool

Preserve this selection, and delete this sliver. There should now be a gap between two sections of your smaller pipe. Next, open your Part Info Smartsheet (Q). Copy the diameter of your larger pipe using Ctrl + C on your keyboard. Now select your smaller pipe section that’s closer to the larger pipe and paste, Ctrl + V, the diameter. Your smaller pipe section and the larger pipe should now be the same size.

Fig 3: Diameter Adjustment

Inserting the Tee

Now, insert a tee between the two orange-red pipes. To do this, click the Connector drop down and select Tee or press the T key on your keyboard. Next, click the white box on the branch orange-red pipe then select the center of the main pipe. Your pipe should look like the image below. If you require more information on how to insert Tee connections, refer to this article.

Fig 4: Tee Insert

Next, select your Edit tool (E), select the small orange-red sliver, and make it as small as possible.

Fig 5: Sliver

Finally, use your Edit tool (E) to bring your smaller pipe closer to your tee connection, select the Connector tool drop down, select Reducer (R), and click the two white boxes on the endpoints.

Fig 6: Final reducing tee workaround result

This results in a reducing tee workaround. Keep in mind, some exports will expand the sliver to the required minimum of 4mm.

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