I want to make 3D assemblies of very thin layers (the layers have 1000000:1 lateral to depth dimensions) in AutoCAD. Currently I make them in PTC Creo, but I would like to move to using AutoCAD instead.
What is the best method to do this? Specifially, how can I extrude multiple (6-8) ultra-thin layers individually, then join them in an assembly which I can bend and flex to make 3D surfaces? I have attached a Keyshot render of a design I did in Creo. I would like to make the exact same structure in AutoCAD. The design is 6 layers stacked on top of each other, joined as one part, than manipulated into a complex, 3D shape.
Also, is AutoCAD the best Autodesk software to do this? I have access to the student versions of the Autodesk software if it makes a differene.
an additional question: do you need that for visualisation reasons? Or where do you get the bending-rules/formulas/base-geometry/... from?
- alfred -
The bending rules in the picture are two 20 degree twists on two different datum planes done in Creo, and are purely aesthetic.
I would like the ability to manipulate the film by rotating or bending about datum planes or axis, or something that will give that effect.
AutoCAD probably isn't the best tool for this. Duck into the Inventor forum - if thats not appropriate I'm sure they can give you a better idea of what will be. You might end up using Inventor or a similar product to do the design, then something like Maya or 3DSMAX to do the twisting.
tha tlooks almost like flexible semiconductor circuitry. hmmm...
i wonder what our R&D guys use. if it werent hush hush, i'm sure they'd tell me.
dgorsman: Thanks, I took your advice and I'm learning Inventor now, we'll see how it goes.
YOUNGBL00D: Good guess, it's a multi-plexed array of organic transistors. Any chance you can find out what your guys use for CAD?