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Weldment advice wanted

Question asked by Jim Steinmeyer on May 17, 2016
Latest reply on May 18, 2016 by Jim Steinmeyer

Following up on my question is simulation, I am looking for guidelines in using weldments. I am creating a few models of storage racks we have in the shop and since they are made of structural steel I thought this would be a good excuse to learn weldments. In the following rack I have created a simple 3D sketch to drive the model. I then added the structural steel and some of it worked and some didn't.

The third view shows a closeup with detail showing what I would like to change. I would like the uprights to be against the outer edge of the base supports. I could do this by off setting the sketch line for the base but it would be nice if the offset could be driven by the structural profile dimensions. Is there a better way?

The second issue is that the 4x4 tubes extend through the uprights rather than terminating at the upright. The parts of the base terminated correctly but the shelving tubes did not. Is this because they are a different part? Or is there a different reason?

Thank you for your help.

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