iLogic Coding for the Face Frame Count
The iLogic code for what we need to do in today’s post in this Blogtorial Series is relatively simple. The code will use the state of the Multi-Value parameter Intermediate_Rail_Count count to suppress or unsuppress the features that make up the solid bodies that represent the rails of our face frame.
In the iLogic browser, Double-click on the Main Rule. We have already used this parameter to define the spacing of the sketch geometry, so some of the work is done already. All we need to do is add the suppression information to the If, Else If statements already present.
So-far, each rail is comprised of two features. Because Inventor does not allow the suppression of an entire Solid Body, we will need to suppress both features for each solid. If any more features are added or subtracted later, we will need to include/exclude them from the code as well or we will get an error.
Automated Cabinetmaking – Face Frame Extrusion
In the last installment of this Automated Cabinetmaking series of tutorials, we extruded the face frame rails. Today we will finish up the face frame extrusions by extruding the stiles, and mess around with the parameters to get a bit of automation going for us. Normally, fleshing out the skeleton (!) is the last thing I would do, but with history based parametric modeling, you can really mix up the order of things any way you wish –if you know what you are doing and where the design is going.
So let’s begin. We left off with the rail extrusions completed, and now have five solid bodies in the model. The next step is to extrude the stiles. As with the rails, we will use the To option as our extrusion Extents, and again, we will NOT choose any part of a solid body as the termination.
Automated Cabinetmaking Design Tutorial
It’s been a hell of a long time since my last post in this Automated Cabinetmaking Design series, but I’m back at it –albeit with a little modification to how I post. The old posts in this series were taking far too long to produce (some were two days in the making), so posting got pushed to the back-burner whenever anything came up that took precedence –which turned out to be just about anything
So the new idea is to post much smaller posts so that they are less burdensome, and to see if I can get some guest bloggers to post whatever they can think of. Tips & tricks, anything. If you would like to be a guest poster, just contact me at the link at the bottom of the page.
What is Layout Modeling?
Anyone who has done the tutorials on this website knows how powerful multi-solid body “Layout Modeling” work-flows are. Originally known as skeletal modeling, this updated work-flow was renamed “Layout Design” modeling when the new multi-solid body schema was introduced by Autodesk back in 2010, but “Layout Modeling” is a better descriptor, so we’ll stick with that. From there, unfortunately Autodesk dropped the ball and abandoned what is easily the most powerful part of the program to focus on bells and whistles for the low information crowd.
What makes Layout Modeling so powerful?: Layout Modeling combined with iLogic, and just a touch of Sketch Blocks (—–the feature is great, but buggy in all but small doses) is easily the most powerful, stable modeling schema out there. Gigantic models can be built on this foundation that are incredibly stable –especially when compared to the ancient SolidWorks-esqe “bottom up” modeling techniques that many companies seem to be mired in. But as good as this workflow is, there are several very obvious evolutions that would likely have happened, were it not for tragedy.
The Cabinetmaking Program
I am currently working on a Cabinetmaking Program that runs within Autodesk Inventor, and would like to get some input from the professionals out there that are currently using some other software, or even those just entering the Cabinetmaking Trade.
Beginning a Job
I have my own idea as to how to begin a job with the new Cabinetmaking Program, but would like to hear from others what they feel. What do you like about other software? What do you hate? What would be the perfect way to go about starting a custom cabinetmaking job? I’ve started a forum on the subject at the link below, please stop in and comment!
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We left off the last installment of this ERP Cabinetmaking Design Tutorial with the completion of the Rail Options. In this segment we will create a multi-value text parameter that will control how many of the intermediate rails are present. We then need to link the text value to a numerical value that is based on the current height and the amount intermediate rails desired. To start, we’ll create the multi-value text parameter. Open the Parameter Editor and create a new Text parameter named Intermediate_Rail_Count…