The last post in this Inventor Tutorial left us with some brackets protruding into our fancy schmancy highfalutin new arches. We need to fix this artistic insult by finding the smaller of the two reference dimensions we placed in the last post in this blogtorial series, Inventor Tutorial – Shaker Table Arched Apron Option 2 –then, we’ll write some iLogic code to configure things (nearly) effortlessly.
On to the iLogic stuff….first off, we need to disassociate the brackets from the apron width. You may remember that way back when the Corner Brackets were added to the model that we used the Apron_Width parameter to determine the width of the bracket –which made sense as the two would always remain the same size. That is no longer so, so we need a new parameter to describe the bracket width.
Start the Parameter Editor (Model Tab > Parameter Panel), and add a new Numeric Parameter called Bracket_Width. In the Equation Column, click the little More arrow at the right hand side, click on List Parameters and choose Apron_Width from the list… Continue reading
In the last post for this Inventor Tutorial, we went back in time in the model’s feature history and created the Cut Extrude features that will make up ¼ of the features needed to represent the arch feature option for the Shaker Table. In this post, we will be patterning these new features, and possibly dealing with the bracket issue.
First, drag the EOP all the way down to the bottom of the feature list. Then, double click the Apron A Mirror feature to bring up its dialog. Click on the Features selector arrow, then select the Long Arch Cut feature. You should get a highlight as shown below…
This Inventor Tutorial post is part of the Shaker Table series blogtorial that starts with the Progressive Mortise and Tenon iLogic Tutorial post, and has no planned end, but is going on the back-burner as the Cabinetmaking Automation blogtorial kicks off. One of the ODP’s readers asked about arched aprons in a comment a few days back, and I decided to squeak in a post for that while I’m thinking about it.
One of the reasons I decided to take this one is because it’s easy as all get-out. In this brief Inventor Tutorial we will go back in time in our model’s history, add some parameters, create a couple sketches, create two extrusions, and finally add the arched aprons to a control form as an option, and create a slider control to tweak it’s look. Easy peasy. Even an idiot can do it…..just watch me…
If you remember way back when we laid out the aprons, they were created as a top view sketch that was extruded downwards and patterned to create all of the needed elements. This causes a minor inconvenience as we cannot just go back and modify existing sketches, we will need to create some new ones. Continue reading
In the last review of the SpacePilot Pro, I described the packaging, shipping, installation, and first impressions of the product. This part of the review will go over the features in detail, describe the ergonomics (the reason I switched out my old SpacePilot), and lastly, but most important, I will demonstrate the SpacePilot Pro’s prowess in the 3D environment in a video.
Some history – I bought my first 3D Connexion product, a space navigator in 2005(ish). It was just after I started working for a Mega Yacht Shipyard designing the interior architecture of the boats. The incredible amount of complexity in the design of the ship interiors was causing me to spend far too much time trying to get around with the stone-age navigation tools built into Inventor at the time. The stock tools have gotten better over time, but the difference can be likened to moving up to limping after being hobbled. It’s not an Inventor problem –they have better navigation tools than the rest, it’s a mouse problem. A quick comparison…
This post is an introduction to next *blogtorial –which, If you read the title, will be Cabinetmaking Automation with Autodesk Inventor. For this series, I will revive the concept of a model I played around with a couple years ago which I called the iCabinet. It had started as an old-school static tutorial–but I had so much difficulty trying to get information, I had to put it on hold.
Below is a brief video that shows the model where I left off…