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ashley.walker
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Frame Generator for Plates

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10-07-2012 10:31 PM

Hello Everyone.

 

I have been playing around with Inventor (moving across from Solidworks) and am wondering how I 'detail plates' I am becomeing familiar with the Frame Generator to create all of my members, but it seems quite disconnected in the creation process create a plate.

 

I currently am creating the 3D sketch (in a part) creating the (base) plate in the same part and then in the assebley I am using the frame Generator (See image) to create the members.

 

Does anyone have a tutorial showing how to correctly include the plates as part of the design process.

 

Ashley

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10-08-2012 12:20 AM in reply to: ashley.walker

Sounds like you want the base plate to reside within the F-G assembly. Only items created within the F-G can reside within the F-G assembly. One could "Author" a custom CC part that would be your Base Plate.

 

On small assemblies such as what you posted, I would use a standard IAM environment and bring in my structural parts directly from the CC.

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10-10-2012 10:53 PM in reply to: blair

I am not sure I follow,

 

Did you mean, model everything as single parts (so each member) and bring them into the assembley? or is their another way?

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10-11-2012 08:29 AM in reply to: ashley.walker

For simple assemblies like the picture you posted, I wouldn't use the F-G.

 

Just start a new IAM.

Create your Base-Plate

Then for each of the structural members just place them from the Content Center and constrain them as normal parts.

You can chance size and length of the C-C members by simply RMB on them within the IAM and selecting the Change from the dialogue box.

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Re: Frame Generator for Plates

10-11-2012 08:40 PM in reply to: blair

I think this is a function that should be in Inventor so I added it to the wishlist.

 

I found an add-in that does exactly what you want. About $1200 AUD per seat. Does a great job of foot plates and beam joining plates and chamfer plates and all sorts. Here is the website http://asi-profile.de/englisch/product/demo_videos/. Have a look at the CREATE PLATE JOINTS video.

 

Only troubles are :-

  1. Plates do not come out as sheetmetal parts, so for me this is a no-go as we CNC plasma cut ALL sheet metal up to 60 mm thick and
  2. It uses it's own library of FG members, so all of the customising I did to get AS content into the CC can't be used and I would have to publish again.
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