Do you need to make a single complete drawing of the entire frame? Or can you create views of subsets and dimension those? In practice those notches would probably be added to the pipe section first, before creating a frame. I would only show that pipe section and the notches in a drawing view and dimension that.
To be able to that, I've written a blog post on creating weldment drawings. Hope that helps:
Glenn Schroeder pointed me to a third option to create those views:
- Click to insert a new view
- Use the Select Bodies option at the top of the menu
- Select the bodies that you want to show.
You might want to rotate the view afterwards, but that's easy.
Thanks. That blog post was very helpful but it didn't completely answer my question. However I think I can get through it by using relative views. My main goal is to make shop drawings for each individual frame member so they can be cut properly on the shop floor. I want to make them clear and in the best case conforming to some accepted standard as to not give the shop foreman anything to kvetch about. We don't do this type of work normally but if this works out well there may be more if these types of projects in my future. So far I've really enjoyed using weldments. It's very easy.
Making these drawings can be little tricky. So better ask your shop guys as what details they would need.
Like for some of my companies I work for, you need an overall frame drawing with exported model in IGES, STEP, etc. formats. They have CNC machines that can read those exported files and create the required notches. Sorry can not share any more details.
As an option for something like this, you already have the sketch driving the welded profile locations using points in your sketch to create relative planes will help in the individual drawings. Works really well for showing normal to relations.
One thing we do here on weldments is have an Isometric view of the weldment in the upper corner, that way you can keep adding sheets to 1 drawing and selecting insert relative view off of the iso while selecting your bodies.