The PVC Pipe

Introduction: The PVC Pipe

When designing new things we often use things that can be purchased at the store.

These are referred to as "Purchased" or "Standard" components. Standard components are typically used "as-is" within a design. If they are changed it is rare for critical dimensions to change.

For example, we may change the length of the PVC pipe, but the diameter of the pipe will not change.


  1. Select Circle from the Sketch menu.
  2. Once you are in the circle command the origin planes will automatically appear in the graphics window.
  3. Hover the mouse cursor over the graphics window and you will see different origin planes highlight as the cursor moves. Select the XZ plane.
  4. The view will rotate to look at the plane you selected. Left click the Origin to place the center of your cylinder and drag out a circle 21.45mm in diameter.
  5. Repeat the previous step to create an inner circle of 15.5mm. This will be the inside of the pipe.
  6. Click the Stop Sketch button on the far right of the toolbar to complete the sketch.
  7. Continue to the next step.

Step 1: Extrude the Pipe

By drawing two circles in a single sketch we have can create the PVC pipe with a single extrude command.


  1. Select Extrude from the Create menu or press E on the keyboard.
  2. Hover the cursor over the sketch and you will see there are two different profiles available.
  3. Select the outer shape.
  4. Drag the blue arrow on top of the shape and extend the shape to 20mm tall.
  5. Click the OK button in the Extrude dialog box complete the shape.
  6. Continue to the next lesson.

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