Please forgive my rookie status here, just learning Inventor 2014. I have gotten the basics and am looking to draw up a mtorcycle frame based on dimensions I have in the shop. I'm just playing around at this point and sketched a trellis frame and used 3/4" ANSI pipe for the tubes. In reality I will be using 1" DOM 0.065" wall tubing.
I notched a couple of the tubes and can isolate/open those individual parts. I have (tried to) follow a couple tutorials on how to "unfold" or rip the notched tube so that I can print out a template, wrap it around the tube and cut/cope it in the shop.
I keep getting an error message saying it can't rip it. Now I drew a tube myself in another part file just by extruding a couple circles and it ripped that just fine, and would unfold it.
Is it the ANSI profile I am using from CC? Is it because it is notched?
To be honest I couldn't follow the steps in the following http://forums.autodesk.com/t5/Inventor-General/Unf
I tried to thicken the part, fail haha. I'm not sure what I should be doing here. I can thicken it fine, but then I can't "delete face solid lump"
Again, sorry about the beginner question I'm really starting from the bottom here
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Try this one.
Yes thanks I downloaded the part and was able to unwrap it easily. So I guess the question is how do I get from my part to the one you created? I will be creating probably 25 of these parts so understanding how to do it is important to me.
What I can do:
I seem to have the most trouble with the "thickening" of the part and that stalls everything else out.
Once I get the part "thickened", which i can do, it just makes the whole part thicker and I can't seem to delete lump anything.
I know these are basic questions and I appreciate the time to help me, thanks
This is basically what I am shooting to create
Thanks I'm slowly working my way into this. I am trying to create a tube chassis that I will build from 0.75, 1 & 1.25" OD tubing. Fortunately I'm better at fabricating metal than using computers. I attached a file to teh above post to show essentially what I want to do.
I was under the impression that frame generator was the best method to do this, but I defer to anyones expertise here. I am slowly learning to draw lines in 2 planes and then intersect them to create a 3d line. I can then sweep those lines to do the same thing, but if I ever have t go back and change things, it seems that would be very cumbersome to change.
I have the engine and most of the important bits jigged up on a table, the engine I plan to have 3d scanned. Building and sketching a wireframe that included the important pickup points would be great. The I could simply point and click where I wanted 3/4" tubing and others where I want 1". But to be able to quickly modify a "base" wireframe would be very helpful.
All this Inventor stuff is so new, I come form learning Rhino about 10 years ago and it is an eye opener for sure how powerful these new programs are.
Thanks again for the helpful posts.
Blair, so if I understand, the sharp edge of my part is what is creating the error, thus the need to thicken the part and create a part with no draft? If that is correct makes sense. So now I need to figure out how to create that thickened part and unfold it...
What I can do:
been going into sheet metal thickness and manually setting the thickness to 0.065".
The part you attached does not have a wall thickness of 0.065" ( I measured 0.113" - that is what you need to set as your sheet metal style thickness).
You do not need to use Thicken feature technique, your template does not need to be precise at the cut edge (perpendicular to face).
Once you figure out the process you will then need to learn to edit the Frame Generator library to add the tube profile of your actual tube (I am assuming it is not already there, since you didn't use it for this example).
Hollar back if you still can't figure out what I did.