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 :: 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 :: Number Of Bends In Sheet Metal Part Into Parameter?

Aug 14, 2009

What is the name of a value that might hold the total number of bends in a part?

Or at least how those feature are managed?

Simply put, I'd like to pull the total number of bends into a parameter so it can be exported later.

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AutoCAD Inventor :: Convert To Sheet Metal Doesn't Make All Bends

Apr 2, 2012

I am having trouble with a part that I wont to convert to sheetmetal and make a drawing with bend annotations.

Converting the part goes fine but the flat pattern is only a "semi-flat-pattern" 2 of the 4 bends doesn't unfold.

I have a 8mm plate and the internal radius is 2mm and the external radius is 10mm and the bend angel is 10 degrees sow everything should be fine.

But how to add the last to bends to make my flat pattern unfold correctly? 

Inventor Professional 2012
Vault Professional 2012

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AutoCAD Inventor :: Count Number Of Bends Used In A Sheet Metal Part

Aug 29, 2011

Is there any VBA code that can count the number of bends used in a sheet metal part?I would like to make a custom property of this, so it can be exported to Excel for input in our ERP system

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AutoCAD Inventor :: What Are Double Bends In Face Command In Sheet Metal

Jan 4, 2014

I try to make double bends with the face command and i don't succed, the options in the More are are greyed out.

I don't understand at all what they are, i tried with 2 edges at an angle but no.

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AutoCAD Inventor :: Sheet Metal - How To Make The Corners Square

Dec 27, 2011

When two flange corners come together?  I have attached my model .

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AutoCAD Inventor :: Square To Round Transition - Sheet Metal

Oct 18, 2011

Here I am attaching a square to round transition duct drawings which is weld assembly & assembly drawing in pdf, This one was made in Inventor from one of our principle maker, I am trying to make this similar in inventor as I couldn’t, I am pretty good in sheet metal able to make the casing well, but couldn’t the assembly of pins and making of cladding sheets on that curved surface.

Autodesk Inventor 2010.
Windows XP.

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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 :: 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 :: 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 :: 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 :: 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 :: 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 :: 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 - Create Flanges On A Radius

Feb 18, 2013

The question is if I have designed a part in sheet metal with multiple flanges and one of my edges follow a specific radius. Is is possible to use contour roll or any other means to create a flange on that edge that will allow me to flatten that out. I cant see it being physically possible putting a bend in there as the material would need to stretch and the bend tool would need to follow that radius.

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AutoCAD Inventor :: How To Create Sheet Metal Part By Mirroring

Jan 23, 2012

I have a sheet metal part. It is a machine door with four edge flanges. I have mirrored this part. The origin part has flat pattern while the mirrored creates the folded pattern.

It still folded even when origin is in flat pattern.

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AutoCAD Inventor :: Cannot Create Contour Roll On Sheet Metal

Jul 30, 2013

I am getting an error message (see attached) when trying to create a contour roll using sheet metal, I have tried editing the sketch to open loop however I cannot get the contour roll to preview on the part.

The part is a short length of square hollow section from which I am trying to apply the roll to, there seems to be a problem in projecting the geometry on the end of the part

Inventor 2013 SP2 64-bit edition
Product Design Suite Ultimate 2013
64-bit HP Z400, Intel Xeon W3550 3.07GHz
12.0GB RAM, ATI FirePro V4800 (FireGL)

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