Inventor General

Reply
Active Contributor
tim.sefton
Posts: 31
Registered: ‎10-26-2011
Message 1 of 6 (144 Views)

Cleaning Up Surfaces ?

144 Views, 5 Replies
11-27-2011 06:51 PM

Working on a part and after much extruding and intersecting ended up with pretty much what I was after, but there are all these surfaces that don't seem to clean up by boolean operation of the solids.  Will this cause a problem when I go to manufacture from STL file ?  Cluters up the part quite a bit - any thoughts ?

 

Thanks,

Tim 

 

sections.png

*Expert Elite*
JDMather
Posts: 26,141
Registered: ‎04-20-2006
Message 2 of 6 (129 Views)

Re: Cleaning Up Surfaces ?

11-28-2011 04:56 AM in reply to: tim.sefton

Can you attach the finished part here - there might be a better way to model it.


Is there a folder at the top of your browser called Surfaces?  What happens if you right click on that folder and turn off Visibilty of the surfaces?

Please mark this response as "Accept as Solution" if it answers your question.
-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Autodesk Inventor 2014 Certified Professional
Autodesk AutoCAD 2013 Certified Professional
Certified SolidWorks Professional
Inventor Professional 2015 64-bit
http://www.autodesk.com/edcommunity
http://home.pct.edu/~jmather/content/DSG322/inventor_surface_tutorials.htm
Active Contributor
tim.sefton
Posts: 31
Registered: ‎10-26-2011
Message 3 of 6 (122 Views)

Re: Cleaning Up Surfaces ?

11-28-2011 05:34 AM in reply to: JDMather

Hi JD,

 

Sure, here is the part file.

 

Tim

*Expert Elite*
JDMather
Posts: 26,141
Registered: ‎04-20-2006
Message 4 of 6 (116 Views)

Re: Cleaning Up Surfaces ?

11-28-2011 06:20 AM in reply to: tim.sefton

Did you attach the right part here? (that file doesn't look like your image file)
Did you try turning off surface visibility as I suggested earlier?

Please mark this response as "Accept as Solution" if it answers your question.
-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Autodesk Inventor 2014 Certified Professional
Autodesk AutoCAD 2013 Certified Professional
Certified SolidWorks Professional
Inventor Professional 2015 64-bit
http://www.autodesk.com/edcommunity
http://home.pct.edu/~jmather/content/DSG322/inventor_surface_tutorials.htm
Active Contributor
tim.sefton
Posts: 31
Registered: ‎10-26-2011
Message 5 of 6 (113 Views)

Re: Cleaning Up Surfaces ?

11-28-2011 06:27 AM in reply to: JDMather

JD,

 

Thats the part - I did turn off the surfaces and it did clean up the visual representation - my concern is if I print up the part via rapid prototyping, will those surfaces print out ?  Maybe the better question is does an export in STL format include just the visable elements of a part of the hidden elements as well.

 

Thanks for your advice on turning off the surfaces.

 

Tim

*Expert Elite*
JDMather
Posts: 26,141
Registered: ‎04-20-2006
Message 6 of 6 (101 Views)

Re: Cleaning Up Surfaces ?

11-28-2011 07:36 AM in reply to: tim.sefton

The part and the image don't look alike?
In any case, only the solid body will be exported by the stl.

Be aware that there is a bug in 2011 and 2012 in that the stl export is set to Centimeter by default rather than to Document Units.  Be sure to set Options to correct units when saving the stl file.

 

There are several free viewers that you can read the stl back in to view.
(somewhere there is also an add-in for Inventor to import stl files, facet enabler or something like that - I think Brian Eckins is the author)

Please mark this response as "Accept as Solution" if it answers your question.
-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Autodesk Inventor 2014 Certified Professional
Autodesk AutoCAD 2013 Certified Professional
Certified SolidWorks Professional
Inventor Professional 2015 64-bit
http://www.autodesk.com/edcommunity
http://home.pct.edu/~jmather/content/DSG322/inventor_surface_tutorials.htm

You are not logged in.

Log into access your profile, ask and answer questions, share ideas and more. Haven't signed up yet? Register

Announcements
Are you familiar with the Autodesk Expert Elites? The Expert Elite program is made up of customers that help other customers by sharing knowledge and exemplifying an engaging style of collaboration. To learn more, please visit our Expert Elite website.

Need installation help?

Start with some of our most frequented solutions to get help installing your software.

Ask the Community


Inventor Exchange Apps

Created by the community for the community, Autodesk Exchange Apps for Autodesk Inventor helps you achieve greater speed, accuracy, and automation from concept to manufacturing.

Connect with Inventor

Twitter

Facebook

Blogs

Pinterest

Youtube