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*EL \(INV2008\)
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frame generator notch

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02-29-2008 07:16 AM

I can put a gap when i use trim - extend to face, why can't i do that with
notch. Everyone knows when you notch each end of a beam member you can leave
it fit length or shop worker will come to your desk with a grinder and offer
you to grind of the beam so they can fit between the two member, because is
was cut a bit too long. Anyhow, shorten frame member won't work since i have
a notch. How can i do a notch with a 1/32" gap?

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Re: frame generator notch

03-02-2008 06:01 PM in reply to: *EL \(INV2008\)
Hi EL,

Currently, Frame Generator Notch don't support gap which you can add in Trim-Extend to Face or other endtreatments.

While, there is a workaround. Please follow below steps;
1. Add a bigger profile in one member's sketch, but make sure this bigger profile will not participate the member's extrusion, so member shape will not be changed.
2. Perform Notch. select the member in 1st step as the yellow member in notch dialog, then you can get a gap.
Actually, Notch will trim the member using the biggest profile in the member extrusion's sketch. So, carefully change the member extrusion's sketch, you can get gap.

Please see attached picture for more detail.


Aaron Long
Software QA Manager
Inventor Quality Assurance Team
Autodesk, Inc.

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Message 3 of 7 (629 Views)

Re: frame generator notch

08-23-2012 07:07 AM in reply to: *EL \(INV2008\)

I cant seem to be able to make this sketch offset trick work in Inventor 2013?


What is the "apply notch profile" option?

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Re: frame generator notch

09-13-2012 06:19 AM in reply to: eleblanc


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Re: frame generator notch

01-03-2013 11:08 AM in reply to: eleblanc


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Re: frame generator notch

01-03-2013 11:10 AM in reply to: eleblanc

Hi eleblanc,


Please see this link:


I hope this helps.
Best of luck to you in all of your Inventor pursuits,

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Message 7 of 7 (485 Views)

Re: frame generator notch

01-03-2013 12:04 PM in reply to: Curtis_Waguespack

Does this only work with custom frames, I had an issue with the notch feature and just did an extrusion at the part level of the frame peices. much more work than apply a notch with a gap.


Attach is an image of 2 HSS frame member that intersect, i did a notch and the overlapping tube has no gap (red arrows) and wraps around the rounds of the tube (black arrows). I didnt think there was any way to make a notch gap or get rid of that rounded part of the notch.


If i were to "adjust" the notch and edit the notch profile, does this mean I would have to do that for each type of frame member I use? If this is the case then, I suppose it is quicker to just edit the frame member that needs the special notch.


The video in the link below shows the example using a custom frame member.




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