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Autodesk Inventor - Projecting Geometry in Sheet Metal Parts

Autodesk Inventor - Projecting Geometry in Sheet Metal Parts

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his is a continuation of my uploads of any Autodesk Inventor tutorial

file that I lay my hands on. Most of these files are from Autodesk skill

builder site. Datasets are meant to be downloaded for most of the

tutorials here. So kindly go to

http://usa.autodesk.com/adsk/servlet/autoindex?

siteID=123112&id=3365505&linkID=9242016. Browse through the index to

located the corresponding tutorial there.

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Projecting Geometry in Sheet Metal Parts
By Neil MunroIn the last Autodesk® Point A Toplines newsletter, we examined methods for projecting existing edges and other geometry to a featuresketch within the same part. Now let's look at an Autodesk Inventor 4 tool that projects geometry in sheet-metal parts.There are a number of enhancements to the sheet-metal tools in Autodesk Inventor 4. One of these is the ability to cut complex shapesacross a bend. To get started, let's create a sheet-metal part.
Creating a Sheet-Metal Part
1. Start a new sheet-metal part.2. Sketch and dimension a 4-inch by 8-inch (100mm x 200mm) rectangle.3. Click the Face tool on the Sheet Metal Panel Bar and select OK to create a sheet-metal face.4. Click the Flange tool on the Sheet Metal Panel Bar and add a 2.5-inch (65mm) flange at 45 degrees to the long edge as shown inFigure 1.Figure 1: Sheet-metal face and flange.5. Add a second 2.5-inch (65mm) flange to create the stepped part shown in Figure 2.Figure 2: Second flange.When you create a sketch that extends across a bend, the sketch geometry can wrap around the bend (or bends) when you create asheet-metal Cut feature. Because the cut will remove material on more than one face, you may need to create geometric or dimensionalconstraints between the sketch geometry and features or edges on any of the affected faces. That's where the Project Flat Pattern toolcomes in.
Project Flat Pattern Tool
1. Click the top surface of the original face and Enter "S" to start a new sketch. You will create a sketch that will cut through all threefaces.
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Figure 3: Sketch face selection.2. In the Sketch Panel Bar, click the down arrow next to the Project Geometry tool and select the Project Flat Pattern tool.Figure 4: Project FlatPattern tool icon.You need to know the following rules for projecting flat pattern geometry:If you plan to project flat pattern geometry, you must start the sketch on a part face, not on a work plane.You must click a face to project the flat pattern of that face and all geometry linking it to the sketch face.You must select a face that is on the same side of the sheet-metal stock as the sketch face.The selected face must be joined to the sketch face through one or more bends.3. Click the lower face parallel to the sketch face. The flat pattern of the unfolded part is projected onto the sketch. Use the Orbit tool toexamine the projected geometry.Figure 5: Face selection (above) and projected flat pattern(bottom).
The Cut Across Bend Option
1. Sketch a shape that has edges crossing the bends at an angle. Use the sketch shown in Figure 6 as an example. Note that you candimension and constrain to the projected flat pattern.
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Figure 6: Sketch dimensioned to projected flat pattern edge.2. Switch to an isometric view and Enter "S" to complete the sketch. In the Sheet Metal Panel Bar, click the Cut tool and select theprofiles inside the circles and the tapered profiles that cross the bends.
Tip:
To see a preview of the wrapped cut, click inside the Extents edit box (the one containing "Thickness") before you select the CutAcross Bend option.Figure 7: Preview of wrapped cut.3. Ensure that the Cut Across Bend option is checked in the Cut dialog box.4. Click OK to complete the cut.
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