Figure 1: Assembly on Opening.
Using Projected Geometry in Assemblies
By Neil MunroIn this Autodesk Inventor™ tutorial we'll focus on the use of projected geometry to include geometry from existing parts when creating anew part in an assembly. You can also take advantage of the software's adaptive technology and other techniques for buildingrelationships between parts in an assembly; we'll cover these topics in future articles.When would you use projected geometry between parts in an assembly? When the reference part is a "fixed" or released design inwhich the projected geometry will not change. You can also project geometry from one part into a new part and then change the linestyle of the projected entities from a fixed "Reference" style to "Normal" or "Construction." This projected geometry can then beconstrained and driven by dimensions similar to those of other sketch entities in the new part.As we use these projected-geometry techniques to help build a part in an assembly, we'll also examine some helpful Autodesk Inventorviewing tools.
Download and Open File
First, download, unzip, and save to a folder on your hard drive the ZIP file containing the source files for this tutorial.It contains the following:Cut_Project.iam (assembly file)Cut_Project.idv (assembly design view file)Glass.ipt (glass insert part file)Ring.ipt (chrome ring part file)Now, let's get started.Extract the files to a folder on your hard drive.1.Start Autodesk Inventor.2.Click the Open tool on the Standard toolbar.3.Browse to the folder containing the extracted files.4.Select Cut_Project.iam.5.Click OK.6.Source Files
(zip - 206Kb)
The Current Assembly
he assembly we're going to be working on currently consists of a chrome mounting ring and aglass insert. A visible work plane bisects the assembly (see Figure 1). Let's assume the ring is astandard part in many designs and can accept inserts of varying thickness and diameter.
Let the Games Begin
In this tutorial, you will be designing an intermediate support using projected geometry from boththe ring and the insert. Here's how.
Create Part In-Place
Autodesk - Autodesk Inventor Services & Support - Using Projected G...http://usa.autodesk.com/adsk/servlet/item?siteID=123112&id=236835...1 of 61/21/2010 6:31 PM