Scott Moyse has a new post titled Inventor | How to Adjust The Perspective Camera Angle over at the Design & Motion website…
It describes some undocumented Inventor capabilities. Go check it out! I’ll be posting more of the Shaker Table series here tomorrow. Later.
In this, the final installment in this little sidebar iLogic tutorial for the Shaker Table series of tutorials, we will add the iLogic code that will hook the model to the spec’s posted at the beginning of this miniseries. Once this tutorial is completed, we will insert this part into the table and have the table control it automatically.
This iLogic Tutorial is winding down –there is not a lot left to do so let’s get right at it. Open up the Hanger Bolt.iam assembly, then open up the iLogic Rule Editor. You should have the following code there…
…if not, you will need to get it there. From looking at the list of available hanger bolts below, we can see that there are no bolts that have two different diameters for a particular length…
In the first part of this iLogic Tutorial for the Shaker Table series, we left off having created an assembly, placing our hanger bolt SmartPart into it, then placing some Content Center parts into it using AutoDrop. So-far we have only placed the 5/16” nut/washer set. We still need to place the ¼” version, but to do so, we will need to write some iLogic code.
To begin this second part of this iLogic Tutorial, I want to add a couple of parameters. The first is a Multi-Value Parameter for choosing between ¼” and 5/16” bolts. This operation could be done entirely within the iLogic code, but it’s quicker to test things with a parameter that we will later place on a form. To create the multi-value parameter you just create a numeric parameter as you normally would –in this case calling it Diam. Give the new parameter an Equation of .3125 (5/16”). Then right click anywhere in the parameter’s row, and choose Make Multi-Value from the context menu…
If you have been waiting for the rest of the Shaker Table series of tutorial posts, the next installment should be coming by the end of the day today. I have been doing some major updating to the infrastructure of this website, and as such, have been a bit lacking in posts the last few days.
You see……….this site started out as an old-school hand written html website –like the ones they made in the last century. Then I wanted to add a blog –which I did, and within a short time I all but abandoned the maintenance of the old-school site (most of the older tutorials). For over two years I have been cobbling together stuff to make the two play well together, but I finally had enough and decided to pull the old site into the new (WordPress CMS based) one. As a sign of progress, you will see the archive numbers go up for 2009 and 2010 as I pull in the older stuff with their original publish date.
In this Inventor iLogic Tutorial we will create a SmartPart that represents all of the hanger bolts used by a fiction small woodworking shop. We will then place it in the Shaker Table model and have it controlled automatically by same.
To begin this iLogic tutorial the first thing we need to do in this is to define the hanger bolts. A look at McFeely’s turned up the following list:
1/4-20 x 1 1/2 Hanger Bolt Dry Lube
1/4-20 x 2 Hanger Bolt Dry Lube
1/4-20 x 2 1/2 Hanger Bolt Dry Lube
1/4-20 x 3 Hanger Bolt Dry Lube
1/4-20 x 3 1/2 Hanger Bolt Dry Lube
5/16-18 x 4 Hanger Bolt Dry Lube
5/16-18 x 4 1/2 Hanger Bolt Dry Lube
5/16-18 x 5 Hanger Bolt Dry Lube
With the list of options on-hand, we can get modeling. We could actually not model anything at all and still have the hardware show up on the parts list and the BOM, but we’ll leave that for another day. The shape of the hanger bolt is incredibly simple, so all I will do here is say that you should make it to roughly three inches long, and have the following constraints added (during drawing if possible, otherwise add them)…
In this Inventor Tutorial we will create multiple parts and an assembly from a single multi-solid body layout part. Then will go back to the original part and modify it to demonstrate the continued linkage between the layout part and it’s children.
This Inventor Tutorial use the Shaker Table as the example –the version being where we left off after the post: iLogic Code for Creating Min/Max Design Limits in Autodesk Inventor – 3. Having said that, any part with multiple solid bodies will work for this demonstration –it’s just easier to be on the same page.
Creating components from your layout parts is incredibly simple. Start by switching to the Manage Tab. On the Layout Panel, click on Make Components. The Make Components: Selection dialog will pop up, where we will in our case select all of the solid bodies in the Solid Bodies folder…