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Inventor – Weld Gap nominal parameter

I’d like to see a way to get the Frame Generator tools to access the parameters.  I am a top down kind of guy, and like using extrusions and dependent sketches for my frame skeletons.  I derive almost everything to keep all my parameters centrally located. 

image The design I am currently engaged in was started without some specs, and after receiving them I find that he builder does not want any weld gapping.  So I have to run through every weld and remove the gaps.

It would be nice to set the gaps a local parameter that is factored from a derived parameter, like ‘NomWeldGap = MatThickness * NomWeldGapFactorl’ or something similar.  This way I can change the NomWeldGapFactor in the skeleton, and all the gap would alter in relation to their individual material thicknesses. 

October 19, 2009 Posted by | 2010, Design Accelerator, Frame Generator | , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Derived Part Color

When a new Part is created it is given a ‘Default’ Material, per the Application Settings, and subsequently the Color style of that material. All the features of the part appear like the PART material.

When a Derived Component is then inserted into that PART, the Derived Body’s color is not controlled by the PART, but instead by itself. That color is a non-dependent Color Style, whose initial state is derived from the color style of the material contained in the Base Component (where it was derived from, the parent). Essentially, the Base Component hands down its Material’s color style, but not the material itself.

Once derived, the appearance is on its own, regardless of ANY OTHER MATERIALS in the equation. The Derived Body has no ties to its Base Component’s Material or color.

The Derived Body now has a mind of its own and reserves the right to be obstinant and will continue to look like the Base Component it was derived from. Continue reading

October 27, 2008 Posted by | 2009 | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment