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Message 21 of 23 (301 Views)

Re: Quick Poll: Am I Crazy???

03-16-2012 05:03 AM in reply to: jeanchile

Nice work - very impressive. And thanks for the thread. I read this very carefully and got lots of good stuff from it.

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Message 22 of 23 (282 Views)

Re: Quick Poll: Am I Crazy???

03-16-2012 08:54 AM in reply to: japike

japike wrote:

Nice work - very impressive.

Thank you. I just looked it up and it took 247.48 hours to complete the framing and drawings. That's a bit longer than if I had used one of our other programs but I learned a lot and it was nice not having to deal with all the different file types and junk that comes with using the other software.


Here's what it looks like without the raised pattern floor plate:

No RPFP.jpg

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Message 23 of 23 (164 Views)

Re: Quick Poll: Am I Crazy???

07-09-2013 02:14 PM in reply to: jeanchile

Hi guys. I've been using inventor for about a year now in the oil / gas industry. I do alot of piping and pressure vessels, which works out great with inventor. But we also get large structural platforms, walkways, and pipe racks which I do with inventor but it drives me nuts sometimes.

 I do a skeleton part file


Drop in all of my beams with FG


Trim/ cope as needed


Design all different sheer plates, gusset plates, stiffeners and angle clip connections. (This is the most time consuming and laborious task)


I do a lot of mirroring of connection when possible. I try to ground everything to avoid a “unresolved constraint” nightmare.


I then create sketches on the faces of the structural members and project all the hole centers and use the hole tool to make all my holes


By now I’ve had a design change and am getting “invalid sketch axis origin”, “unresolved sketch geometry” etc.


I get all that sorted out and shrink-wrap the main framing members.


I create the handrails and stairs in a separate assembly using the shrink-wrap part


Then I shrink-wrap those and place them back into the original assembly to make the bolt holes. Oh and I make sure I break the link on the shrink-wrap parts to avoid a cycle.


Then I proceed to the mind-numbing process of breaking my assembly into levels of detail for each individual part (beam/ column w/ plates/clips). For any of you who has tried to break the frame into LODs you know what I’m talking about. You can’t select individual structural members in the assembly environment; you have to select them individually from the tree.


Then I do my drawings with balloons. It takes me about 30 minutes to straighten out the BOM.


Theirs probably other parts to my workflow but those would be the main parts. Anyone in the US use ASI profile? It looks like this would speed things up quite a bit.


Anyone have any suggestions or questions for me? It looks like a lot of you are dealing with issues like I’m dealing with. Or if you’re not any tips/suggestions would be greatly appreciated!



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