4 Replies Latest reply on Aug 26, 2016 10:22 PM by Andrew Overhage

    Front Panel Creation Help

    Andrew Overhage

      I am creating a case for a power supply. I have all of the connectors and fuses and such constrained to where I want them in an assembly. I am trying to make a flat plate that has the cutouts for all of the connectors and displays. I know how to start the part in the assembly, but then I have problems. Is there a better way to sketch all of the holes than using convert entity on each and every connector? I know in CATIA you can just intersect a plane with all of the items and it will basically create the outline of where all of the selected items intersect the plane. I tried to use the intersect tool in solidworks, but it is always greyed out when I try to use it, so I am probably missing something. Or is there a better way that I'm not thinking of?


      I have attached the assembly and components below.


      I would appreciate any advice!

        • Re: Front Panel Creation Help
          John Burrill

          The components that you're creating the knockouts for need to be in the same part as the faceplate because the Intersect tool requires all of the bodies to be in the same part.
          You can achieve this using the Join tool to add create part bodies from assembly components.

          You might also try using the Indent tool set on 'Cut' as it might allow you to pick in-context references as tool bodies

          But here's an important thing to remember: a port for a connector needs to allow access with clearance to both the connector and the socket.
          I suggest you check the spec sheets for whatever connectors you want to facilitate and see what they recommend for mounting ports.

          • Re: Front Panel Creation Help
            Dennis Bacon

            Excellent information from John. There are probably a multitude of ways to do this. My first thought was to create a part and use the indent tool with the cut option or combine with the the subtract option. Then I thought of using the mold tool "Cavity" while still in the assembly. Seems to work well. I did try to scale the cutouts but got undesirable results. If you edit your sketch in the virtual part 3 and delete the internal sketches then extrude it to your desired thickness you can make this work. Don't try to scale. You will need the proper clearances and shapes and like John suggested you should consult the spec sheets for the components for panel cutouts. 

            Not sure if your case will be sheet metal but I added it just for the heck of it.

            • Re: Front Panel Creation Help
              Andrew Overhage

              Thanks for the suggestions. I will update when I get a chance to try them later this week!

              • Re: Front Panel Creation Help
                Andrew Overhage

                I ended up using the cavity feature and that seemed to work well.


                Very good suggestions by both of you thanks a million!