AutoCAD Inventor :: How To Connect Two Sheet Metal Faces With A Bend When Edges Are Not Parallel

Jul 17, 2013

I want to connect two sheet metal faces with a bend. Bend works if two parallel edges are selected. Is there a way to connect two faces with a bend if the two edges are not parallel?

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AutoCAD Inventor :: Sheet Metal Bend Error - Matching Faces Not Found

Nov 9, 2013

I created a solid, shelled it, and then converted to sheet metal. I am now trying to indentify the bends but I am getting the error: Bend 1: Could not build this Bend; No matching faces found.

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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 :: Sheet Metal Shape - Cut Across Bend

Jan 16, 2012

I want to create this shape, I try to use the loft command to get the result but after I get the shape I can't do the shape on the top of the loft shape, I need to do the cut across bend. show the correct step to get this shape? Attach is the .jpg file of the part.

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AutoCAD Inventor :: Sheet Metal Bend Relief?

Apr 16, 2013

Ive imported a CATIA part and I'm trying to redraw it in Inventor. I have the main panels and bend rads in but I cannot for the life of me work out how to model the bend reliefs so they are similar to the ones on CATIA. The purpose of all of this is too reduce the bend reliefs that CATIA has produced even further.

Ive added both the original dumb solid from catia and the new inventor model to an assembly and contrained them in line so hopefully you see what I mean.

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AutoCAD Inventor :: Create A Sheet Metal Bend

Apr 14, 2012

How to create this bend using the sheet metal mode. The bend should be a certain radius on the top (see attachments).

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AutoCAD Inventor :: Sheet Metal - Fold (bend And Twist)

Apr 23, 2012

I have the following sheet metal application: A flat bar steel (strip) 40x1mm is bent and twisted around three cylinders. In our process, the strip is running in loop around these cylinders, like a conveyor-belt. At first, it is bent around the first cylinder (blue). Then, it is bent and twisted around the second cylinder (green). Between these cylinders, a flat part is modelled so that the strip will be bent upwards (twisted) around the next cylinder. The same is done between cylinder two and three.  In praxis, when I bend the strip, no flat part will be present, because the strip is quite stiff, as it is spring steel. In my Inventor model, no stiffness of the strip is taken into consideration.

I am looking for a better way to model this strip, where stiffness of the material is taken into consideration.

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AutoCAD Inventor :: Sheet Metal - Automatize Bend Radius Value

Dec 31, 2013

I have a large number of parts that are set with a "2mm" Bend Radius.

1. I wish to change it to "1.5mm" but manually takes time . Ways to automatize this?
2. What Bend Radius is recommended to be used for steel sheets (1.5 ; 2; 4; 5 mm).

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AutoCAD Inventor :: Curved Bend In Sheet Metal Part

Dec 26, 2012

Can a curved section with bend be applied to sheet metal part.I make extrusion for easier clarity.I am wanting to place the curved section (extrusion for demonstration purpose) with bend in sheet metal part but all created in the sheet metal environment.

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AutoCAD Inventor :: Changing Sheet Metal Thickness And Bend Radius

Mar 13, 2012

I wrote an app some time ago that swaps out user parameters that drive sheet metal thickness and bend radius.

it appears to work about 60% of the time when it doesn't it does not give any warning but even though the FX table shows the new user parameters driving thickness and bend radius the "sheet metal defaults dialog" thickness input box is grayed out and shows no value what so ever.  Clicking the Edit Sheet metal rule to display the "Style and Standard Edtior" the Thickness and Bendradius still show the Old userparameters.  See attached Pic.

I am setting the parameters as follows.

Replaced "Chan_Th" with "chn_thk"  in FX Userparameters



oSheetMetalCompDef.UseSheetMetalStyleMaterial = True       oSheetMetalCompDef.ActiveSheetMetalStyle.Thickness = sThick


As you can see FX reports the change but sheet metal settings does not.

This code appears to work or not at random.

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AutoCAD Inventor :: 2013 / How To Create Strength Bead On A Bend In Sheet Metal

Jan 23, 2013

Trying to create a strength bead on a sheet metal part. 

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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 - Rolled Cylinder With Folded Tabs At End Faces?

Oct 2, 2012

I am trying to use the sheet metal functionality to generate a flat pattern of insulation that is wrapped around a tank.  The insulation essentially consists of a rolled cylinder with tabs at the cylinder ends that are to be folded inward to cover the end plates.  I can't seem to find a way to make this happen as every time I am able to generate the tabs in the folded model they don't unfold into the flat pattern.

I am using Inventor 2010.

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AutoCAD Inventor :: Flange Sheet Metal Part From Inner Edges

Feb 7, 2013

I would like to ask any support to how can I solve the problem I have to face.

I have a metal sheet part. In the middle of it there is a square shape cutting. 

I would like to create a flange to get the final flat pattern as you can see in the attached file nemed "flat pattern.png".

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AutoCAD Inventor :: Bend Part Of Normal Part (not Sheet Metal)

Apr 3, 2013

I have a structrual rectangular tube as shown in the picture below. I need to fold the four flanges inward to create a sort  of point or pyramid.

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AutoCAD Inventor :: Create Midplane Between Parallel Faces Of Two Different Parts Or Not

Nov 18, 2012

After reading the documentation for IV 2013, I'm not sure if it's possible to create a midplane between parallel faces of two different parts or not.  I've tried using the workplane buttons in both the 3D Model and the Assembly tabs with no joy.

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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 :: Creation With Select Faces And Edges

Mar 26, 2012

In the initial part of the simulation promotional video [URL]....

the internal space of the valve is selected by first selecting faces, then selecting Part Priority and then Isolation, producing the combined total flow volume space. Despite repeating this procedure many times I find I am unable to create and isolate the required volume space.  The inner surfaces of the valve are selected but when selecting Part Priority, part of the valve solid part highlights and the selected inner valve surfaces disappear. 

I have managed to derived the volume space by subtracting a new derived part, however the example provided in the video suggests the process of defining the air space can be achieved a lot quicker.

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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 :: Connect Parts List Data From One Sheet To Detail View In Another?

Mar 9, 2012

Background:  Our company has decided to switch from drafting in AutoCAD to Inventor (which we already use to model) and we have started looking at making our templates intuitive using iProperties, parameters, and functions to reduce manual entry of part information in turn to reduce human error.  None of us have any experience coding besides a bit of LISP.

Problem: Perhaps it is a pipe dream, but one thing I would really like resolved is we have no connection between the Parts list information (specifically item number and quantity) on the assembly sheet and the part detail on another sheet.  Our custom part detail title block pulls the material information and "Inventory Part Number" from custom iProperties we have set up at the part level, but we still need to reference the parts list in the other sheet and then manually enter the item number and quantity.  Is there a way to use the "Inventory Part Number" property (which shows up in the parts list on a different sheet) to populate our custom block?

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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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