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.
In the last installment of this ERP Cabinet Design Tutorial, we had problems with Inventor 2013’s graphics, but I have decided to plow ahead with Inventor 2013 anyway. So we will restart where we left off with the video of the code explanation, then move on to the face frame options sketch.
As of yet there is no word on what causes Inventor 2013’s graphics to go squirrely, but my best guess is that it has to do with sketch geometry being driven by an iLogic rule. At any rate, I’ve decided to move ahead with Inventor 2013 for the ERP Cabinet Design blogtorial instead of reverting back to Inventor 2012. I’m pretty sure there will be no functionality difference if you wish to continue using Inventor 2012, and if things go south again, we’ll use the discovered fix or insist that Autodesk fix the underlying problem
I am shooting off an email to the company that makes the Inventor ERP Integration Software to see they will participate to some extent. My last contact with them was while creating models for a company that was participating in a live controlled production beta –six months ago. With any luck, the post that we got stalled will move to the front of the line tomorrow. If not, shortly thereafter.
In the last installment of this Cabinet Design Tutorial, we started adding the iLogic code that can be tied in to a company’s ERP system. Eventually this particular tutorial will likely go down that road –if there is enough interest, but either way, the ability to tie into an ERP system is pretty important to companies that would like to turn a profit
The ERP system I worked with using Inventor 2011 and 2012 was still in beta, so I’ll look into where they are at, and hopefully add some tie-ins to their system. At any rate, whether or not we tie this model into an ERP system immediately, we should be able to do so at a later date without too much modification. We’ll begin today with a video…
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Decided to switch back to Inventor 2012. I don’t have the time to troubleshoot the cause of the Graphics Problem in Inventor 2013. I will keep this post “sticky” until I remake the part to this point and complete the post. Sorry for any inconvenience.
In the last installment of this Cabinet Configurator Tutorial for Inventor 2013, we completed the Side Elevation sketch which described pretty much everything there is to see when slicing through the cabinet vertically through its center (whether or not the element is actually sliced through). This next sketch will show the elements that are possible horizontally.
Because we are creating a Cabinet Configurator, there needs to be options built into the sketches. The Side Elevation sketch was easy in that regard as any options will likely be expressed merely as a different material thickness that can be controlled with a parameter and some iLogic code. The face frame configurations will created on their own sketches because it would be foolish to represent that many configurations within the Side Elevation sketch alone—a pile of lines atop other lines is a recipe for failure.
The first thing we need to do is create a plane for our new sketch. We will use the Plane on Point method to create the plane on the top of the front most line that describes the face frame…
In the last installment of this Automated Cabinetry Inventor Tutorial, we got all the way around the cabinet with our sketch, but there are still a few things to add. We need to get the applied toe kick in place, add a locator for the adjustable leg, and add the rail representations in the top nailer frame. If time allows, we will start on the variable sketches that will begin to describe the variation available to the base design.
Before we start sketching, we need five more parameters (to start) to define the kick and its location, and to define the rail width for the top nailer frame. Open the Parameter Editor, and if yours looks like the one below..