I am trying to create multiple bodies within a part file using multiple ifeatures. It seems that it is not possible to force the ifeature to create a new body when it is inserted. If it is inserted into a part that has multiple bodies present, I can pick which solid I want it attached to, but I am unable to specify a new body.
Does sanybody know a way around this?
Here is what we are trying to do - I call it "Reverse Nesting". We have a sheet of a certain size (18" x 32" in this case). I need to completely cover a much larger (and oddly shapped) panel with these sheets. I want to cnc cut these sheets into the correct shape and be able to assemble tham together on the larger panel.
Here is what we have looked at doing:
Forgive me if I'm way off base here.. I'm not 100% sure that I'm following along correctly. This is a bit tricky to visualize.
The ifeature should be a subset of a solid body. Why do you need to create a new body during the placement of an ifeature? What does the ifeature do exactly, remove material, add, or both? Could you create the smaller sheets with an iPart instead of an ifeature?
I would like to export them as an assembly (make components) so I can generate flats of all the pieces.
Iparts would work, but there is no way to drive flat patterns with an assembly feature - or make a robust, associative assembly cut for that matter.
Here is what I have come up with for a workflow - it seems ok, other than some texture glitches due to the new Appearances toolset.
Some of them will be folded as well.
We want individual parts for each piece that are assoiative to the original panel or sketch. An assembly would work if the pieces needed need to be cut into odd shapes to cover the panel completly.
Just look at either Striker Systems or Radan or Hypertherm (formerly MTC) for profile nesting software. Striker requires the parts to be all Sheet-Metal (able to pull the thickness from the parameter). They have "Kitting" which will open the Inventor assembly, look at all the pieces, pull out all the Sheet-Metal, do the flatten, sort them by thickness and material and auto arrange them on the plate.
Tell the software you want to make 6 items and it does all the work, creates the nesting on the correct plates. Yes is may cost $9,000.00 for the software.
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