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 installment of this iLogic Tutorial, we went back in time in the Layout Part to change the top of the Shaker Table from a single wide board to four boards. We still need to make parts from the new Solid Bodies, and create the iLogic configurations that will their number and width.
We’ll make the new parts first. Open up your assembly model, Designing a Shaker Table with Autodesk Inventor.iam. Then open the layout part from within the assembly. To begin, in the layout Part (Designing a Shaker Table with Autodesk Inventor.ipt) switch to the Manage Tab, then on the Layout Panel, choose the Make Components tool…
In this, the second installment of this iLogic tutorial, we will extrude the solid bodies that will make up the multi-board top, and begin to develop the iLogic rule that will configure who many boards should be present, and how wide they need to be.
I’m not going to get super involved at this point, but I will add a configurable trim allowance at some point. I’m not 100% sure how to do so, but that’s never stopped me before.
We left off in the last installment –iLogic Tutorial – Automatic Board Configurator 01 –with the once single board top reduced to a more normal width <= 6, and have added three potential boards. The first thing to do would be to get rid of the Chamfer on the edge facing inwards…