AutoCAD Inventor :: Curving A 2x40mm Bar In Sheet Metal Then Making Holes

Oct 7, 2011

I have scoured the pages on here looking for a way to put a 90deg curve in a piece of bar (2x40x2356mm) . 

The next issue I am having is after I have curved it I need to put equidistant 4mm holes central along its length (20mm in and 40.6mm between them).

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AutoCAD Inventor :: Get A Sheet Metal IFeature To Create Nail Or Extruded Holes

Feb 18, 2013

Where I can get a sheet metal iFeature to create nail holes or extruded holes?

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AutoCAD Inventor :: Making Sheet Metal Part

Oct 12, 2012

I have a 14 gauge sheet metal part that follows the profile in the attached picture.  7/8" legs with a 1/16" offset. Because it's 14 gauge, the contour flange won't create it. I need it to be able to be turned in to a flat pattern so that I may export it to a .dxf.

Is there another way to make this that will allow me to flat pattern it? I have a couple of pieces like this where the offset is very slim, so I am looking for a way to do all of them like this.

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AutoCAD Inventor :: Making A Wing Rib In Sheet Metal

Oct 19, 2013

I have been trying to create a wing rib similar to the one in the picture.  I have been successful in recreating the basic shape itself, but I cannot figure out how to make the bend to the "lightening hole" (circle).

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AutoCAD Inventor :: Making 3D Model Out Of Sheet Metal?

Jan 3, 2014

I am making this 3d Model out of Sheet metal but I am having a problem finishing it. On the very bottom of the part, I want the red and the green surface to be parallel to the Y-axis on both sides. The sketch "Desired Geometry" shows what I am trying to make. I tried using corner seam but it gives me error. The distance between the two red surface can vary. How this shape can be achieved which will give me a correct flat pattern too.

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AutoCAD Inventor :: Making A Sheet Metal Punch

Jul 17, 2013

I have made some punches for sheet metal and this one seems to be simple but it has me stumb.

Its 50mm in Dia a 5mm lip a 28mm outside rad cone and a depth inside of =/- 8.5mm then there is a 12mm hole  

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AutoCAD Inventor :: Making Crimp Plate Using Sheet Metal?

Jun 11, 2012

I need to create the crimp plate in inventor to give my shop the measurements before the crimping process for material and also give them measurements to complete the crimping process. I figured I could use the sheet metal process. I'm trying to find an easier way than going back to Autocad and p-line everything.

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AutoCAD Inventor :: Making File As Sheet Metal Part?

Dec 20, 2012

How do i make the attach file as a sheet metal part?It takes a lot of  moves to make as solid part..can it be made in sheet metal?

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AutoCAD Inventor :: Making Sheet Metal Plate That Follow A Surface?

Sep 18, 2013

How do you most easily do a sheet metal plate that needs to follow a surface?
L1 is less than L2, and a radius of the plate?

In Inventor 2012

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AutoCAD Inventor :: Making Hopper To Dispense Sand - Sheet Metal Lofts / Shapes

Aug 8, 2013

I am making a hopper to dispense sand, but I can't figure out the process to make the shape I want. I thought it would be easy! This is pretty much the first sheet metal part I've tried to make apart from easy tutorial things. I'm OK at normal parts.

I've mocked up the rough shape I want from a normal extruded part (attached). I've also attached the start of a folded version. I've had lots of attempts and none of them have really got anywhere.

How can I make this??

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AutoCAD Inventor :: Sheet Metal From Flat Sheet To Rolled Part?

Sep 12, 2013

A collegue asked me about this as he has been given a part to model and the details are for the flat sheet not the finished model. Is this possible in 'sheet metal'? I had a quick play but couldn't work it out. Im used to creating the finished part and 'un-folding' to get the flat pattern.Detail supplied below.

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AutoCAD Inventor :: Making Holes On A Cylinder

Feb 13, 2004

I am trying to Drill a series of holes on a cylinder. I cannot find out how to start the sketch on this surface so that i can drill on the rounded part of the cylinder.

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AutoCAD Inventor :: Find Pattern Overlay / Pattern Of Holes For Metal Floor?

May 25, 2012

where could i find a pattern overlay/pattern of holes for a metal floor.

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AutoCAD Inventor :: How To Cut Sheet Metal

Jul 14, 2012

I just what to cut a sheet metal,

and I don't know how (see in Capture.JPG where i what to cut, and test.iam what I what to cut).

Where is the icon "project the geometry" ?

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AutoCAD Inventor :: Sheet Metal Elliptical

Jan 6, 2012

I need a flat pattern for this part but it seems impossible. STEP 2 illustrate the desirable result.

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AutoCAD Inventor :: Sheet Metal Imprint

Aug 21, 2013

Working with sheet metal and laying out a pattern for the cnc and was wondering if there is a way to imprint an extrusion onto the surface instead of cutting it. Mainly this will be used for a marking tool so the line type or layer would need to be different.

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AutoCAD Inventor :: Sheet Metal Bin - Add Flange

Aug 8, 2013

I am working on a bin type unit, and am having trouble creating a flange, I am creating the bin in the final product stage, then I will separate into manufacturer components. I am having trouble adding this flange around the top 4 edges of the bin. I need the four corners to meet on a miter 45. I will then rip down each seam and have 4 separate panels.

Is this a bad workflow? Is there a better route? I attached the part in Inventor 2013 format,

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AutoCAD Inventor :: Unfolding Sheet Metal

Dec 18, 2013

Attached are two sheet metal parts that we need to unfold and make them flat for a drawing. We cannot seem to capture the reference A or reference B planes asked for by the unfold command.

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AutoCAD Inventor :: Perforation In Sheet Metal

Jan 27, 2012

Is there a way to get the appearance of perforation on a sheet metal tube without having to create each and every hole?  Looking for an appearance to drag onto the surface. Kind of like when you make a part look like it is made of brick.  It being just an image on the model surface.

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AutoCAD Inventor :: How To Model ACM Sheet Metal

Oct 20, 2011

Very thin gauge aluminum sheets with a composite sandwiched between them.

The challenge is, the panels are relatively thick, 3mm or 4mm, but a router is used on the fold lines before bending to cut through all but the outer aluminum.  This makes for a very tight bend radius.

So, thick 3 layer material, tight bend with mitered corners.  Can Inventor's sheet metal tools handle this? 

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AutoCAD Inventor :: Sheet Metal Tools

Apr 17, 2013

Can this part be made with sheet metal will be made from aluminum. I attach the shape made with standard tools and the sheet metal do add the sides in sheet metal.

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AutoCAD Inventor :: Normal Cut In Sheet Metal

Sep 6, 2012

how incredible it is that Inventor still does not have a functional normal cut option for sheet metal like Solidworks and Solidedge have long had and I agree.  I realize that there are the standard workflows like using derive and thicken to get around this problem.  However, for those interested, there is a way to make a normal cut (for laser/cnc) directly in the sheet metal part in many cases.  It involves using a sketch to split a face and then using the resulting profile for a thicker/cut feature.  I'm always interested in any other methods out there for obtaining normal cuts in complex sheet metal (for a clean dxf export).  By the way, Autodesk, do you actually not have any plans of ever adding functionality in this area?

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AutoCAD Inventor :: Sheet Metal Tabs

Feb 3, 2012

what's the best way to make tabs on a rolled round ring.  I got it done using unfold/refold option but I can not get sheet metal flat. 

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AutoCAD Inventor :: Sheet Metal Extents Add-in?

Jul 3, 2012

I am using IV ultimate 2013

just found about this add-in:[URL]

But its not working for me:

I ran the installer, created a sheet metal part and hit rebuild all, it did not create any proeprties, also tried to manually create the properteis then hit rebuild, no go.

I also did a search on my hardrive for the ApplicationPlugins, and placed the sheet metal folder in all of them(there were 3) tried again noto.

The add-in also does not appear in the add-in manager.

Or is there different what to get the flat pattern dimensions in 2013

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AutoCAD Inventor :: Cannot Convert To Sheet Metal

Dec 7, 2012

I have just modelled a part with some faces and tried to convert to sheet metal to have inventor make the bends between the faces. However when trying to convert to sheet metal i get the following error message (Autodesk Inventor Professional Tip) - "This model cannot be converted to Sheet Metal because it contains features that have created multiple bodies. In order to convert to Sheet Metal these features must first be removed."

As the picture show the part only has 1 solid. Even when deleting all features except the "base" face I get the same error message or Tip as Inventor calls it.

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AutoCAD Inventor :: Sheet Metal - Cut Across Bend

Dec 20, 2012

I have a sheet metal door with a little bracket that gets welded to the inside lip through a cut-out in the face of the door. (see assembly)

I can't get the cut-out to line up flush with the inside lip of the door, as that is where the brackets gets welded to. the current aseembly is set-up the way I want, but I can't get a flat pattern on the door, becasue of the cut going across the bend.

I have checked off the "cut across bend" in the cut dialogue box, but this leaves a small (~1/32) lip in the cut-out and runs interference in the placement of the bracket. 

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AutoCAD Inventor :: Create A Sheet Metal Jog?

Oct 5, 2007

How can I create a sheet metal jog? Like the attached. I used a contor flange to creat this one, but I have to add a jog to an existing part and don't want to have to totally redraw it just to get the jog. I'm hoping you can add it like you can a flange.

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AutoCAD Inventor :: Slice Sheet Metal

Nov 13, 2011

I was designing a part which consisted in a circular sheet metal part with a hole in the center, and a bent rectangular radii-oriented section. The second feature is the one I want to give focus in this thread.

Take a circular sheet metal with a diameter of 30 mm and a thickness of 1 mm. Now, to achieve the bent section one would perform - in a workshop or any other equivalent - two parallel slices of about 5 mm in length with a distance from each other of 4 mm. The slice would start in the circumference and end somewhere nearer to the center of the disc, but not parallel to a radius (since its parallel to another slice 4 mm apart as said before). After the slicing was done, one would bend the section between the slices 90 degrees to any of the sides.

Now, in Inventor I couldn't find a way to do this. I couldn't just slice a line through the disc. I worked it around by cutting rectangles of 0.2 mm in width and with the length of the desired slices, and then using the folding command to bend it 90 degrees. Is it possible to perform this so called slices?

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AutoCAD Inventor :: Cuts In Sheet Metal Part

Sep 3, 2013

I made a part in sheet metal and used the Cut tool for cut-outs...i tried by using flatten Patern,draw sketch but this did not cut there a more better way of making these cuts?

INV 2013

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AutoCAD Inventor :: Interlocking Joints In Sheet Metal

Apr 30, 2013

I have been trying to work out how to make interlocking joints in sheet metal parts. The attached screen shot is the only way I have found to do it in Inventor, but it is a cheat. One of the flanges is a 85˚ bend because if it were 90˚ it would give an error "Flange Body intersects with existing body or self intersects."

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AutoCAD Inventor :: Sheet Metal Rule In Drawing

May 7, 2012

I have setup all our Sheet Metal Rules to be all of our stocked in house sheet metals.  The sheet metal rules are named like:

ALUM 5052 H32 1/2" (Part Number)
ST STEEL T304 3/8" (Part Number)
STEEL 44W 1/8" (Part Number)

And each rule has the proper thickness, material, and some standardized bend radius's.  I've done this to introduce more uniformity in our designs, and to also allow the designer to put as much information into the model as possible, so that if someone else does the drawings, there is no question as to which material is used.

I now want to bring in the Sheet Metal Rule name into the drawing automatically.  I can't seem to find a way to reference the Sheet Metal Rule directly from the drawing.  What I need to do is pick a standard field in the i Properties (I used Stock Number), and put in =<Sheet Metal Rule> so that now the Stock Number references the Sheet Metal Rule, and then in the drawing I can just reference the Stock Number, and it will come in.

I don't like having to use the Stock Number as a middle man though, as none of our existing models are setup like this.  Is it possible to reference Sheet Metal Rule in the drawing without having to use another field as a placeholder for the information?  

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