Can someone tell me how to make a plate that hits this tube on top but only goes to the middle of the tube and goes to the wall. I need to know to do this and the process.
I attached the Part, but I'll try to walk you through it.
1. Create a Plane, parallel to the Surface and coincident with one of the sketch lines from your 3d sketch.
2. Start a new sketch on this plane and use the "Convert Entities" sketch tool to place lines and arcs coincident with the edges of the pipe.
3. Use this sketch for the Path for the Structural Member function to create the bent plate. I cheated a little bit here since I have plate profiles saved as .sldlfp files (see the Discussion I linked to above). I then edited the imported sketch to match the dimensions (thickness and width) required for your model. If you don't have plate profiles saved then you could create a new plane perpendicular to the end of the profile sketch and coincident with the end of it, then sketch the profile on it and use the Sweep feature. See the screenshot below.
Could you sketch what you need and post it? Do you need the plate to move to the tubing or the tubing to the plate??
Sorry, I couldn't open the file. I'm guessing you're on SW2017. I'm only on SW2016 SP3.
I could open the file, but I also don't understand what you're trying to do. By the way, I'd highly suggest you fully define your sketches. It's too easy to accidentally move something if they aren't. I've heard of a case where that happened, and it cost the company several hundred thousand dollars before it was discovered, and it cost the CAD guy his job. If you want an example, I clicked on the highlighted construction line and moved it a short distance. You can see the result. Of course this is exaggerated to make my point, but you can see where a small amount wouldn't be noticeable.
Ok, here is what I am wanting. I kinda got it to do for this example but my end goal is to have this plate follow the tube at the top and them move the plate over to the wall. My thought was to have an uneven wall then I could push the plate over and cut the "wall" section out of the plate so it does two things, It matches the tube along the top edge of the tube and then matches to the uneven wall part.
Also, I am having a really hard time understanding why I can't get all my lines to define, even when I put measurements on all of them.
Chris Brown wrote: Also, I am having a really hard time understanding why I can't get all my lines to define, even when I put measurements on all of them.
Chris Brown wrote:
Now I'm really confused. I don't see any dimensions on Sketch2 (see below, with it in "Edit sketch" mode), which is driving the 3d sketch, and only four dimensions on the 3d sketch, which isn't nearly enough to fully define it. For the good news, the sketch used to create the Surface is fully defined.
I'm sorry, I should have been more clear. I meant on the actual drawing I doing. This part was just a quick reference of what I was trying to accomplish. I put very few measurements on this drawing because it was just something to try to express what I was trying to do. I'm still so new to solidworks I don't even know what to call some of the things I'm trying to do.
For this example, will not being fully defined cause a problem?
Fully Defined - Never Ever causes a problem -
Under Defined - Is a Disaster waiting to happen .
ok, so here is a picture of what I did. Is there a way to make that plate or sheet metal follow the upper side of the tube? I just kinda sketched someone from the front plane. Its not exactly correct, this was for demonstration only...
Yes that will work just follow the outer edge of the pipe.
I see you used a 3D sketch for your pipe layout and the end points of those lines need dimensions from the plate out and up and down, if the points are mostly the same distance from the back plate, I would suggest offsetting a plane from the wall plate out, then all the points that are on that plane I would select the plane and the point and add the "On Plane" relation, then the rest of the dimensions would be from the edges of the plate..
Chris Brown wrote: Is there a way to make that plate or sheet metal follow the upper side of the tube?
Is there a way to make that plate or sheet metal follow the upper side of the tube?
Do you mean like this (see Using Plate in Weldments)?
Yes! just like that! Is there a way to have the plate match the bend in the tube going to the wall? So it follows the same profile as the rest?
Use the Fillet feature
Ok, can you explain to me how I do this. That is the result I want, but I can't seem to get there.
I finally got it to work somewhat. I didn't sweep it like you said because really where I am I am kinda by accident. Once I get the plate shaped I need to flatten it so I can cut it on a CNC. Would doing it your way be the best way for that?
By the way, I made a plate lib, like you did with a few of the most common plates I use. That is a good idea. I still stuggle how to get it to extend like I need so I just edited the sketch but kept the thickness.
Please see below.
for some reason I can't get the fillet to work at the ends.
I'm sorry it took me so long to get back to you, but I believe the reason you were having trouble with the fillet was because you had duplicate plates at one end. I Deleted one of them and then used your sketch for a Cut-Extrude to create the fillet. Is this what you wanted?
yes I believe that was basicly what I was trying to do.
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