This mailbox will be made of fiberglass. I'm not sure how to put the handle on the door. Is there a glue when working with fiberglass so I can just glue it on? Or would it be easier to include the handle as part of the mold for the door?
Fiberglass resin would work if the handle build up is designed with a wider base, for more adhesive surface area..
Eric, I'm sure there is and it's likely going to be the same epoxy or resin that they use to produce the fiberglass housings you're modeling up. In the spirit of "KISS" however ... Why not just throw a cheap handle (or two) on your parts list along with the hinges?
Just a thought, keep up the great work ...
I thought about that for the hinge. I know you can just buy one, but I wanted to make one just to see if I could. I could have also done that for the handle, but I don't know what to put in the drawing. How do I tell someone via drawing to just buy a handle and put it on the door?
B.O.M. (parts list) ...
No harm in modeling to your hearts content though. We learn from doing. Good, bad or otherwise you'll learn all the same. All anyone here has are opinions (myself included) you'll find your way soon enough.
What would I put in the bill of materials? If it's just a screw there are standard screws and I can just put what type of screw it is. How do I say what kind of hinge or handle to use?
You pick one from a manufacturer of handles or from a distributor.
Like this one:
Some companies will create their own internal part number for an external purchased item.
But what we do is just place the supplier part number right on the BOM along with which supplier we are purchasing it from.
Basically, Supplier part number goes under the Part Number column and I have a special column named "Vendor".
That would be your assembly drawing.
The way things work here (and many other places, but not all):
Your part drawing conveys what needs to be made.
Your Assembly drawing conveys how to put it together.
On your assembly drawing will be your BOM (Bill of Material). This will list each and every manufactured item along with any purchased items. It will also list HOW it is to be put together (like glue, or screws, or press fit, etc...).
Look for examples of assembly drawings online.
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