So basically, if you can't fix the IGES file, and if you can't get the customer to send another "good" model, then you use RHINO to fix it, or some such other program that edits IGES files. RHINO is the best solution I've found for the $. I don't use RHINO much any more b/c Inventor has improved quit a bit in 2010. You can try RHINO here, if you feel the need: http://www.en.na.mcneel.com/
.... but suggest you ask your customer to repair the original model to healthy and then export to igs format.
...and ask the customer to import back into their own software or one of the free softwares like Inventor Fusion to make sure the model is healthy BEFORE they send it out the door to you.
I have a igs file of engine inlet ports and I am really struggling to create a solid body out of it. As I am a student I have limited CAD experience, also I couldn't get decent help at the uni. We also don't have RHINO and solid edge/NX couldn't help. I've attached the file and would be very gratefull if someone can help create a solid body. Many thanks.
I was able to convert it to a solid following these steps, but the file was 2.5Meg zipped (too large to attach here)
Your professor should be able to help you follow these instructions.
Dear Dr Mather,
Thank you for the prompr answer and the PDF which is really helpful in understanding how the process works. Unfortunately our University PCs neither have Autodesk nor I can obtain a copy of the software. I would be really really grateful if you could send me the zipped file to firstname.lastname@example.org . Many many thanks.
Students can download Autodesk Inventor for free here http://www.autodesk.com/edcommunity
I have downloaded Inventor Professional 2010 and I am struggling to convert the igs file to solid. In the very beginning it gives me the attached error. Trying to stich the surfaces results in one surface, not solid. On the ''copy object'' window I don't have the 4th option, i.e. the solid one. I am afraid none of the proffesors I asked was able (or willing) to help me as they don't have Inventor experience. So my thesis relies on recieving further help.....I should be able to modify the file in Inventor and then inport it as an .stl in the CFD software, if you decide send it to: email@example.com
You have some holes that need to be patched.
I will try to post step-by-step solution tomorrow.
It worked fine for me 3 different ways.
I made it using an iges and step in inventor 2010, and tried it again in Rhino, sealing off the openings.
You have to create a patch on each of the 3 openings, and then stitch the whole thing together, which turns it into a solid.
I tried to attach it but it's too big.
I can send it to you via www.yousendit.com, but I need an email from you to do it.
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