Creating NPT Threads in SOLIDWORKS Using the Hole Wizard Feature

Creating NPT Threads in SOLIDWORKS Using the Hole Wizard Feature

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National Pipe Thread Taper, commonly known just as NPT, is a U.S. standard for tapered threads used on threaded pipes and fittings. This standard is widely used all over North America. Pipe thread sizes are usually based on the inside diameter (ID) or flow size. The way to read an NPT size is the nominal inside diameter and the number of threads per inch. For example, if we have a 1/4-18 NPT, that means it is a 1/4 inch inside diameter and 18 threads per inch. If LH is added to the end, it means the pipe has a left-handed thread.

Being from an area of Canada that is very heavily involved in the oil and gas industry, I end up talking about NPT fittings on a regular basis and I always get asked how to find the NPT thread in SOLIDWORKS. Luckily, the Hole Wizard feature inside of SOLIDWORKS already has the designated library of NPT sizes and we just need to look in the right place!

Utilizing the Hole Wizard Feature

Once we open up the Hole Wizard feature, select the Tapered Tap option in the Hole Type section. Set the standard to ANSI Inch, set Type to Tapered Tap Pipe Tap and in the hole specifications, select the desired size in inches.


The next step is the End Condition which defines the total length of the thread, it can be left as the default value or customized to a specific distance. Another option that can be checked on is the cosmetic thread under the Options menu. It can be set to With or Without Thread Callout.


If the With Thread Callout option is selected, the specific thread callout can be customized or left as default. Click OK to accept the Hole Wizard feature. In order to edit the callout, right-click and edit the Hole Thread feature embedded in the Hole Wizard feature.


At the bottom of the PropertyManager of the Hole Thread, the text can be edited to any note and can be later automatically imported in the 2D drawing of the model.


Using the View Palette

Once the 2D drawing is created, a view can be dropped into the drawing using the View Palette located in the Task Pane on the right-hand side of the user interface. With the option Import Annotations checked on, the thread callout mentioned above will show up with the view as it is dragged and dropped into the drawing.


If there is no thread callout specified, another alternative can be used to show the NPT thread size on the drawing. Once the desired views have been added to the drawing, either use Model Items and check off Hole Callout or use the Hole Callout feature located in the Annotation tab of your drawing. The Hole Callout feature uses the geometry and information from the Hole Wizard to show the dimension. If the size of the thread is displayed with this method, you can notice in the example below, it displays the internal diameter of the through-hole as well as the NPT size.


I hope this information was useful and will hopefully come in handy for those of you looking for the answer!

For more information on SOLIDWORKS tips or if you have any questions, contact us at Hawk Ridge Systems today. Thanks for reading!

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Nikki Stakic

Nikki Stakic is an Applications Engineer, E.I.T. with Hawk Ridge Systems at our office in Calgary, Alberta. Nikki has a B.Sc in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Calgary and is an Elite SOLIDWORKS AE with over 25 certifications from Dassault Systemes. She has years of experience in product design, manufacturing, engineering production support, quality control, computer software, material science, oil & gas, 3D CAD design, FEA/CFD analysis and 3D printing. She enjoys problem solving and troubleshooting technical subjects in creative, innovative, analytical and cost-effective ways. In her spare time, she likes to travel and dabble in photography.
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2 years ago

Good evening Madam.
My name is Frederic FOE.
I read your paper. And I am writing to ask your assistance.
I am writing from Cameroon (Central Africa).
I actually work on a M.Sc project aiming at improving a local model of agricultural sprinkler.
The first task of my work will consist in producing a 3D printed model of my supposedly improved sprinkler.
Then I will have to use Ansys Fluent to apply CFD on that model.
As I don’t have any experience on neither 3D Printing or CFD, I need your help to advise me as I proceed.
Would you help me review my 3D Model before I print It ?
I am using Solidworks to Model the Sprinkler.
I plan to use an online 3D printing Service and I don’t know which one to contact.
Thanks for your assistance.

2 years ago

Thanks and Regards Madam.

Max Aguilar C
Max Aguilar C
2 years ago

Hi Nikki, the article is really helpfull and easy to understand. NPT standard actually is world wide used, no only for North american countries. But what about PT, Pipe Thread, used mostly in europe, is it possible make it in SolidWorks? and if is… can be made in inches and milimeters ?

Tryon Wilson
Tryon Wilson
2 years ago

Hello Nikki,
I came across this article and however helpful, My SW2018 doesn’t have larger than 3″ in the Hole wizard for Pipe threads.
I am faced with making an 5″ aluminum pipe Cap on the CNC Mill, that I am not able to find locally. and not sure how to draw this or program this when it comes to cutting the threads. I will be thread milling. Not sure what diameter, depth of thread, taper angle, and depth of the actual thread to program. I do know that 5″ is 8 TPI. So that part is clear. Any help appreciated.
Thank you, Tryon

Nikki Stakic
Nikki Stakic
2 years ago

Hello Frederic,

Thank you for your interest in the blog on creating NPT threads in SOLIDWORKS.

I would recommend that you reach out to your local SOLIDWORKS Value Added Reseller (VAR) to see if they offer any consulting or mentoring services to help you with your sprinkler project.

In the meantime, check out our other blogs/vlogs for more information on SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation and 3D Printing. Here are a couple of links to get your started:

SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation – Overview

Diving Into Design for Additive Manufacturing

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2 years ago

Hello i can not found Tapered pipe Tap option in Type. How can i get this option please give me solutions