Changing the Default Nozzle in CADWorx

In CADWorx Equipment, when you place a nozzle, out of the box it comes in as a 4″ 150# RFWN.  What if you use 90% Long Weld Necks?  What if most of your nozzles are a 300#?  What if you are putting a 2″ nozzle in w/ a 3/4″ coupling for a pressure tap?  Let’s look at the first 2 problems, then we’ll come back to the last (since you may be wondering why I would bring that up)

In the following location, C:\CADWorx 2010\Equipment\System, is a file called NozzleDefaults.dat.  Open it up in your favorite text editor (TotalEdit is still king on my end)  and you will see the following:

; THIS FILE CONTAINS THE DEFAULT SETTINGS FOR DRAWING NOZZLES IN CADWORX EQUIPMENT
; THERE ARE TWO SECTIONS IN THIS FILE – ONE EACH FOR ENGLISH UNITS AND METRIC UNITS
; THE SETTINGS ARE SEPARATED BY AT LEAST ONE SPACE
;
;
; THE COLUMNS ARE:
; FLG_TYPE     FLG_RATING     SCHEDULE     NOM_OD

[English]
RFWN     150     40     4.0

[Metric]
FFWN     NP6     DIN10.0     100

This is where we can tweak.  Changing the RFWN to LWN and the 150 to 300 will update the default nozzle, your new file will look like this:

; THIS FILE CONTAINS THE DEFAULT SETTINGS FOR DRAWING NOZZLES IN CADWORX EQUIPMENT
; THERE ARE TWO SECTIONS IN THIS FILE – ONE EACH FOR ENGLISH UNITS AND METRIC UNITS
; THE SETTINGS ARE SEPARATED BY AT LEAST ONE SPACE
;
;
; THE COLUMNS ARE:
; FLG_TYPE     FLG_RATING     SCHEDULE     NOM_OD

[English]
LWN     300     40     4.0

[Metric]
FFWN     NP6     DIN10.0     100

Quick and easy, and saves you changing ever nozzle you ever placed.

Now, for the last item.  Putting a 3/4″ coupling on a 2″ nozzle.  You are prb saying “Kyle, we can do that, it’s not a big deal” well, for me, it kinda is, and here’s why.  When you put the first nozzle in, it comes in as a 4″, you hop in, change it’s main size to 2″, then get ready to put in the coupling.  Remember, your default is a 4″.  Equipment won’t let you put it in, so you go in, change the nozzle back up to a 6″, put in the 4″ “coupling”, make it a 3/4″ coupling, then switch the 6″ back to 2″.  A bit of a PITA if you ask me.  So set you nozzle main size to 2″ in the defaults.   That will cover most anything smaller.  If you put in a 2″, it will let you put another 2″ on it.  If you size it up to 4″, you still get to put a 2″ on it.

Hope that makes sense, but if it doesn’t, give me a shout and I’ll be happy to talk more about it, and always, any questions or comments are always welcome.

KP