AutoCAD Inventor :: Flanged Sheet Metal Parts

Aug 2, 2012

I recently had an issue in adding flanges to a sheet metal part. The thread for that can be seen here:


The problem I am having now is with the size of the part. I need the linear distance from the bottom edge of a flange to match the inner diameter of my part. As you can see, this is not the case as it stands right now.

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AutoCAD Inventor :: Corner Cut On A Flanged Sheet Metal Part - How To Cut Properly

Oct 3, 2011

For some reason the cut isn't flattened properly. How can I do it right? (attached is the part)

Inventor 2012 Pro.
I7 workstation

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AutoCAD Inventor :: How To Select All Sheet Metal Parts With Certain Thickness

Nov 21, 2012

How to select all sheet metal parts with a certain thickness ? 

I am looking for a sample code to select all sheet metal parts with, for example thickness 0.5 mm.

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AutoCAD Inventor :: Finding All Sheet Metal Parts In Assembly

Nov 29, 2011

I am creating a program to write out all the flat patterns of all sheet metal parts in an assy. I save it out as dxf. What I need is to totals of all the sheet metal parts across all sub assy’s etc in other words not “Structured” but “Parts Only” in Inventor BOM terms. All works fine but the only problem is that when a sub assy is a weldment or “inseparable”, it hides the parts inside it and “Parts only” BOM don’t make the internal parts of that sub available and the totals are not correct then. I need the totals because the idea is to write that into the file name including the thickness of the part.

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AutoCAD Inventor :: Apply Smooth On Sheet Metal Parts?

Oct 1, 2012

Before using Inventor I used Mechanical Desktop 6 and found the sheet metal functions (AutoSm) to be fairly simple. Since switching over small tasks can now be a nightmare! The main problem I face is exporting flat patterns to dxf format. We use a CNC Turret punch so splined corners on parts are a no-no due to the number of hits required, AutoSM solved this with the 'Apply Smooth' function which created crisp corners suitable for punching. Is there any simlar function available on Inventor? At the minute I either have to apply multiple cut and extrusions to the flat pattern or else 2D modify the dxf file.

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AutoCAD Inventor :: Cutting At An Angle Through Sheet Metal Parts?

Jul 20, 2012

Flat pattern sheet metal with a hole cut at an angle. Once flattened it should be 90 deg. to the surface of the sheet for laser cutting. I cannot get inventor to do that.

See images for more details.
Autodesk Inventor 2011 SP2
Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
Processor: Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU W3503 @ 2.40GHz
RAM: 12 GB
SpacePilot Pro

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AutoCAD Inventor :: Create Sheet Metal Parts From Solid

Jan 25, 2012

I am trying to make a chute out of 4 pieces of sheet metal.  Is there a way to take a solid lofted part, shell it, and then break off each side of the the object for cutting and welding them together.  I have an example attached.

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AutoCAD Inventor :: How To Set Sheet Metal Rules For Parts In Assembly

Nov 5, 2013

I am tying to set my sheet metal rules for parts in my assembly that have differnt materials and I would like the control to be at the assembly level. Is this posssible? I am relatively new to iLogic aand have been trying to figure this out on my own for a couple of days now.

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AutoCAD Inventor :: Split Folded Sheet Metal Part To Several Parts?

Feb 4, 2013

I have made a sheet metal part in inventor (see image). I have made the part as it will be in the finished production state. The problem is that the part is impossible to bend from one single plate, so it has to be made from several plates and welded together. 

What i want to do is to remove the four corner plates (denoted with red arrows in the image) and make a flat pattern for these separately.

The reason i made these corner plates in my model is to get the assembled part 100% correct. if i dont, inventor doesnt make the angles that i need between the flanges in the top. 

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AutoCAD Inventor :: Can Frame Generator Skeleton Be Sheet Metal Parts

Feb 22, 2013

Up until now, for FG I've always created a part with just a sketch in it. I insert that in an assembly and use it as my frame generator driving part. Now, I've started creating a solid instead of just a sketch in the part and using its edges to attach frame members. Picture a cube. I really need to put sheet metal on the cube and have my frame on the outside of the sheet metal. I was setting up a parameter for the sheet metal thickness and offsetting the members in Frame Generator that parameter. Now, I've accidentally discovered that I can select the outside edge of the sheet metal part to attach my frame members to. Is that a valid workflow? If it is, its a bit of an epiphamy for me. Using a parameter in FG as an offset required me to edit each member with FG and update it to get the offset to use the current parameter value.

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AutoCAD Inventor :: Split Sheet Metal Part Into Multiple Parts

Jul 23, 2013

Is there a way to split this part into multiple parts? I would like to split the part on the corners, leaving a small gap for welding.

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AutoCAD Inventor :: Closing Corners Of Sheet Metal Parts In Assembly

Jul 29, 2013

If it possible to close corners of 2 different sheet metal parts in one assembly?

see attached image.

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AutoCAD Inventor :: Flat Layout Of Parts (not Sheet Metal) With VB Macro

Mar 18, 2013

I'm attempting to use a macro in Inventor 2013 I found on the Mod The Machine blog to lay out the parts of an assembly. They're wood (not sheet metal), and the purpose is to create a drawing/cutlist with flat views of all the parts for easier DXF extraction.

The issue is that not all the parts in our assemblies are created with the length and width on the XY plane. So, some parts are laid flat on the XY and some stand up straight. How do I modify this code to look at the XZ and YZ planes as well for length and width?

It's a bit long, so here's the link to the code.

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AutoCAD Inventor :: 2 Sheet Metal Parts - Joining Revolved Surface?

Jun 18, 2013

I have 2 sheet metal parts, both have been revolved using an angle of 359.9deg so there is a small gap to weld. in the assembly I copied one as a surface onto the other part and  I want to scuplt it at the intersection of the two.

The problem I've come to is that the small gap in the surface is preventing me from deleteing the upper part of the cut, how can I make the surface a whole so there is no gap in the cut?

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AutoCAD Inventor :: Adding Some Standard Pressed Sheet Metal Parts

Mar 7, 2013

Another iLogic question for you all.

I would like a simple rule adding to some standard pressed sheet metal parts that we have. The code would look at the current model tree and if any features are added to the part then a character (lets say a *) is placed into the "Vendor" field within the iProperties. 

Is this possible?

Inventor 2010 Pro SP4, Vault Collaboration 2010
HP Z820 Xeon E5-2643 0 @ 3.3Ghz 16.0GB RAM
Nvidia Quadro 5000

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AutoCAD Inventor :: How To Use Sheet Metal Style / Material Appearance In A Parts List

Mar 29, 2013

We use different types of sheet metals, from stainless to bronze, and different thicknesses.

Currently, in order to show the correct material on a parts list, I have to duplicate the material Stainless Steel, and rename it to say 20 Gauge Stainless Steel. Then again for 16 Ga, 14Ga, 12 Ga, etc...

I'd like to have the parts list show the common material such as "Stainless Steel", with another column for the sheet metal style such as "20 Gauge."

We also use items such as Plastic Laminate. I'd like to create a generic material for the physical properties of "Plastic Laminate", and then change the material appearance to say "Formica #1234 Walnut". Again, i'd like to be able to put this in (2) columns on the parts list.

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AutoCAD Inventor :: Automation Of Sheet Metal Bending Parts Unfold / Refold

May 27, 2013

Automation of  the sheet metal bending parts unfold /refold in  for Inventor 2013.

I want to unfold the part with selecting the one of the face as stationary face and further selecting the bend/ bends with reference to face in 

For refold, I have to select the stationary reference automatically , based on some criteria, and further to select the single and multiple bends by using API.

 Also, I want to find the bends and faces relationship i.e.

How to find the bend associated with number of faces, how to find face entity  using internal name ; 

The code I tried I am attaching here for your reference.

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AutoCAD Inventor :: How To Create Sheet Metal Parts With Square Shapes And Bends Them

Nov 28, 2011

Let me start by saying that we rarely use sheet metal parts so I'm not real familiar with that interface.  That said, I can create sheet metal parts with square shapes and bends just fine.  However, I'm currently stumped as to the best way to model what should be a pretty simple plate.

We have a large, thin (1/8") square plate to which we want to add 2 opposing diagonal very slight breaks to add stiffness to the plate.  More specifically, we want these diagonal bends to cover the center part of the plate leaving about a 2" flat flange all the way around the plate. 

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AutoCAD Inventor :: Change / Apply Sheet Metal Style To All Parts In Top Level Assembly

Oct 24, 2012

I am using this  code placed in the .ipt file to change Sheet Metal material 

If Material_SM=1 TheniProperties.Material="Steel"SheetMetal.SetActiveStyle("RB_Mild Steel")ElseiProperties.Material="AISI316"SheetMetal.SetActiveStyle("RB_Stainless")End If

It works fine presuming code placed in every .ipt file to be ruled.

Is it possible to modify code in a way so when it placed in top assebly it runs through entire assembly finds all Sheet Metal parts and applys Material prpperties/Sheet metal style according Material_SM parameter.

Inventor 2013 SP2
Windows 7, 64 bits
Core TM2 Duo CPU 2,99 Gz

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AutoCAD Inventor :: Change Sheet Metal Parts Material / Thickness Bend Radii From Assembly

Nov 22, 2013

How do we change sheet metal parts material, thickness Bend Radii from an assembly in groups.

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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 :: 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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