This is my first message here, and I hope someone can help me out.
It is a while ago since I used Inventor, so i'm now just practising a bit to get the hang of it.
As a start a cable stayed bridge looked fun. So I made the towers and the roaddeck. But now comes the tricky part, and that are the cables themselves. When I started I just thought I could use the 3D sketsh feature. But as it turns out, that feature is not available in the Assembley environment. I could just make the cables as a Part and then insert them in the assembley, but that is to much work. As you can see from the pictures below the holes I made in the towers to accomodate the cables do not line up with the edge of the roaddeck on which I want to secure them. So the cables make to much angles for me to make the as a part. And besides that, I just think it could be done more easily.
Below you can see the images I made of the bridge so far. The first one is an overall image, the second one shows the tower with the holes (if the holes won't work, I can always make something else), and the third image shows the area on which the cables will be attached to the roaddeck.
Can this be done in the Assembley environment?
I hope someone has a solution for this.
Thanks in advance,
Note: I planned this to be a cable stayed bridge, not a suspension bridge. But tips to make this into a susension bridge are welcome as well.
For the record: I'm using Inventor 2012
Solved! Go to Solution.
Start a new part file.
Derive Component the bridge assembly as a surface body into the new part file.
You can now model your cables in place.
Turn off the visibility of the derived surface when finished.
Use 3 Mate Flush constraints to xy, xz and yz planes to constrain the new part in the assembly.
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