I would like some help on how to model a leather covering for some furniture I am designing. (see attached image).
Do I treat the leather sheet like sheet metal and use the sheet metal tools (I have not used this feature yet)? That way I can flatten it out to get a pattern.
Or do I treat it like a plastic moulding (again I have not used this feature)? A plastic moulding would give me a visual model but I would not be able to get a pattern from it.
Any help and/or tutorials whould be useful.
Thanks in anticipitation
Just do it as a solid and shell it. If you had more views I would attempt one to show but I don't see all you have
That way I can flatten it out to get a pattern.
You are not likely to get results that you can flatten in Inventor.
It will be a very challenging design for a beginner, but can probably be done as a visual model, as evidenced by attached.
Opps did not see you want to flatten it. When I worked for a sim company I did a few but inventor would not unfold them so had to go purchase a 3rd party software to unfold it I think it was called SPi sheet metal. The nice thing with it was you did not have to model with sheet metal commands this software can unfold almost anything.
The reason I wanted to model this in Inventor was to have pictures of the leather covering as well as providing instructions on how to manufacure the covering. So it looks like I will have to try both the sheet metal options and the solid modeling.
From a logical point of view I can not see how strait folds on sheet metal can be translated into curved folds on leather. I will have to have a look at the sheet metal tutorials (there are some arent there?)
For solid modelling it looks like I need to learn about Extrude sketched profiles, Revolve sketched profiles, Loft sketched profiles before I get any where.
Thanks for the pointers
From a logical point of view I can not see how strait folds on sheet metal can be translated into curved folds on leather.
It can't be translated - you won't be able to get this using sheet metal tools.
You are going to want to become very familiar with 3d sketch intersections, loft and surfaces.
Takes about 3 yrs to get up the learning curve.
There are a bunch of tutorials in my signature.
I have put this in the too hard basket. I could not find any information on what settings I would need for the material to be leather in the sheet metal settings. The sheet metal tools were not that intuitive even after looking at the tutorials. Solid modeling and shelling seemed just as hard and would not give me a flattened pattern. So I have given up trying to model this.
LOL don't give up. there is no leather setting in sheet metal. What you do is make your own or just make it default and set the thickness to the thickness of the leather.
I could not see how to create my own settings for leather whose characteristics I do not know. The default settings were giving me notched edges for the folds which would not be appropriate for leather.
Do me this take new pictures straight on as you can get. No iso pics..
take a top pic
take side pick
Give me some ruff dims....
I have used sheet metal many times to make patterns for aircraft seats I will see what I can do for you...
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