Inventor General

Reply
Contributor
ajohnson1993
Posts: 11
Registered: ‎12-13-2012
Message 1 of 8 (412 Views)
Accepted Solution

Need help with hollowing out a surface [Inventor]

412 Views, 7 Replies
12-13-2012 11:39 AM

Hey everyone, I am working on a project and have ran into a problem. I need to hollow out a currently solid surface in order for it to have a uniform thickness of 3mm that follows the curvature of opposite side. These pictures will help show what I mean.

 

Top Side:

 

Bottom Side:

 

Basically, I need to hollow out the backside to make it fit the surface of the front side with a thickness of 3mm. Is there some sort of tool that is designed for this or another way of doing it? 

 

Any help or guidance would be appreciated, thank you ahead of time! 

*Expert Elite*
JDMather
Posts: 26,162
Registered: ‎04-20-2006
Message 2 of 8 (405 Views)

Re: Need help with hollowing out a surface [Inventor]

12-13-2012 12:05 PM in reply to: ajohnson1993

Shell

Attach your ipt file here.

 

BTW - "solid surface" is a contradition in terms (in Inventor).

Solids have faces and volume.

Surfaces have zero thickness and no volume.

 

Are you trying to make to mating solids?

Thicken/Offset as Surface(s).

and then Thicken Quilt as New Solid.

 

More information is needed.

Attach your ipt file here.

 

 Feature history is very important when using Shell.

I suspect you want the shell to occur earlier in history than in your image.

Drag the EOP up to enter the Shell feature earlier in history.

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
Contributor
ajohnson1993
Posts: 11
Registered: ‎12-13-2012
Message 3 of 8 (385 Views)

Re: Need help with hollowing out a surface [Inventor]

12-13-2012 12:30 PM in reply to: JDMather

Thanks for the reply and sorry for the confusion, I need a solid that is 3mm thick and the same shape as the top surface.  I have to go to work right now so I dont have the time to try the shell feature but I will definitely try that when I get back. 

 

Here is my Ipt file!

*Expert Elite*
JDMather
Posts: 26,162
Registered: ‎04-20-2006
Message 4 of 8 (370 Views)

Re: Need help with hollowing out a surface [Inventor]

12-13-2012 01:57 PM in reply to: ajohnson1993

Most of your sketches are not constrained.

You might read this http://home.pct.edu/~jmather/SkillsUSA%20University.pdf

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
Contributor
ajohnson1993
Posts: 11
Registered: ‎12-13-2012
Message 5 of 8 (352 Views)

Re: Need help with hollowing out a surface [Inventor]

12-13-2012 07:01 PM in reply to: JDMather

I'm new to inventor so at the time I did not know why constraints were needed, will shell work without them?

 

Ok so I tried using shell on the back flat face which gave me errors (for some reason the arrow is pointing in the wrong direction, it only goes along the z axis, not sure why.) When I try and shell the top curved face the arrow points the right direction but it gives me an error stating the vertexs are having a problem.  I need the thickness of the entire top to be 1mm, but I have an edge around it that is .5mm, I dont know  if that is causing a problem or not.

 

I am sorry for my lack of knowledge about this tool lol, this is the last thing needed to be done and it has turned out to be very troublesome. Any more tips on how I can get it working?

 

EDIT: It seems to work with .5mm but not 1mm, attached photo to show what happened.

*Expert Elite*
JDMather
Posts: 26,162
Registered: ‎04-20-2006
Message 6 of 8 (307 Views)

Re: Need help with hollowing out a surface [Inventor]

12-14-2012 06:34 AM in reply to: ajohnson1993

Shell works on the entire solid body.
It is not clear to me what you want.

As I stated earlier - I suspect you wanted shell earlier in the feature history tree.

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
Contributor
ajohnson1993
Posts: 11
Registered: ‎12-13-2012
Message 7 of 8 (288 Views)

Re: Need help with hollowing out a surface [Inventor]

12-14-2012 11:42 AM in reply to: JDMather

Yes that is correct, is there a way to use it on just parts earlier in the tree?

 

 

UPDATE: I did it, it worked! I supressed a bunch of features to get to the part i needed then performed the shell. Thank you for all of your help, it is greatly appreciated. Have a nice day!

*Expert Elite*
JDMather
Posts: 26,162
Registered: ‎04-20-2006
Message 8 of 8 (264 Views)

Re: Need help with hollowing out a surface [Inventor]

12-15-2012 09:11 AM in reply to: ajohnson1993

ajohnson1993 wrote:

Yes that is correct, is there a way to use it on just parts earlier in the tree?

 

 

UPDATE: I did it, it worked! I supressed a bunch of features to get to the part i needed then performed the shell. Thank you for all of your help, it is greatly appreciated. Have a nice day!


The easy way is to drag the red End of Part marker up the feature tree, do your shell and then drag it back down.

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