I was wondering the best way to model a steel tensioner cable in Inventor. The assembly I have designed is of a cable fixed between two brackets which are fastened on two structural beams. I am looking accurately model the cable attachment on the brackets. My inital thought would be to extrude the length of cable through a pre-defined path between the bracket fixing holes however this would not represent a 'true life scenario'. Any suggestions would be appreciated.
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Post a picture of what you're trying to accomplish. You call it a tensioner cable, which leads me to think that it will mostly be straight (i.e. under tension), so I'm not understanding the "true life scenario".
...extrude the length of cable through a pre-defined path
That describes Sweep, not Extrude.
Hi, thank you for your reply. Please see attached screenshot of the intended result. The cables will be under tension as you have stated and will therefore will be represented straight, I may be asked to produce flexible cable as well for further design development which is why I asked the original question. Thank you.
The Cable is not the problem here, simple extrude/sweep, the issue is the attachments.
You will need to model up the fittings and tensioner (Shackles, rigging screws, Swage ends, etc) Have a look at "VanBeest" there are a lot of fixings there (All green pin lifting equipment), the rest you will have to look at grabcad, and do your own modeling.
This will give you a better representation of the cable.
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