I am designing a vertical axis wind turbine just for some practice (just started using Inventor) and everything was going smoothly until I tried to "animate" it spinning. First, I set up a work plane that goes through the center of the structure, and then I clicked angle constraint "explicit reference vector." After watching several youtube videos, I figured that I should click on the work plane, click on another reference point, and then click another point that would be orthogonal to those two (right?). Well after I choose the first point, Inventor will only allow me to choose the center axis as the second option (which I think should be the third option).
Regardless, no matter what I do it won't work.
Has anyone else experienced this? I attached the file if anyone would like to give it a go.
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First of all an assembly file without part files is useless.
You should not need to create the workplane - use one of the origin planes.
Inventor complains about the missing files:
when I try to open the attached assembly. Could you create a zip file of all missing components (and upload it), so I could take a look at it?
I did a "pack and go" (love that name) and then compressed all those files into a zipped folder. Hopefully this will work!
One of the ways to animate your turbine is creating two workplanes. One by selecting Shaft:1\Origin\XY Plane. This workplane will be attached/constrained to your Shaft:1. Create another one constrained to VAWT structure:1. Since both workplanes will share the same shaft axis, you can easily constrain them by angular constraint. Then you drive the constraint as needed.
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