how to measure angles of pipes that are bent in solidworks?
Can you attach your SolidWorks file(s) here?
the file was done in 3ds max.and
1. I was just wondering if i could find the angle by which each pipes were bent in solid works?
2. If not could you please recommend any alternate softwares to do so
3. I need the angles coz i need to give it to production ppl so that they can use the angle to bend the steel pipes using a machine.
Not knowing 3Ds Max it looks to me like the pipes are not bend geometrically speaking. They are more like 3D-spline centerlines. If they are 3d-splines how would you like the output to the production. Is it at all possible to define a spline in a way a manufacturing machine could understand?
If they are bend (arc centerline) you could create all centerlines of straight pieces and measure the angle between each pair. If one arc has a transition direct to another arc you could create a temporary centerline normal to the cros-section at the transition. These opperation can be done in SW.
exactly Thomas Voetmann.
The pipes were converted from 3d splines.Is it possible for me to import the base model into solid works and recreate the pipes with proper bend angles and also will it be precise for the machine to bend the pipe with the angle i give them?..it would be really awesome if you could give me an alternate solution for this problem.
I think that the easiest way would be to drop a section cut into a drawing, draw the centerlines and just measure between them.
Are you going to be doing the bending in-house, or will you have an outside vendor do the bending?
I have done the same as Dan mentioned. It's the quickest and easiest way.
in house bending
thanks for your suggestion.i am new to solid works,could you please provide me a link to a tutorial which would describe about the method you mentioned.
Sethu Ganesan wrote:in house bending
Sethu Ganesan wrote:
in house bending
I have not worked with modern CNC pipe benders, but I think you will need software that automatically converts the 3D model into appropriate code for the bending machine (this will not be a simple table of angles, radii and lengths).
Ask your operators if their machines are CNC controlled or manually controlled and if CNC controlled - if the software will automatically generate code from the 3D model. (I would expect any shop taking on an artistic contract like this to already know all of this stuff and have experience in the process.)
We use a gold partner of solidworks called tube works. It can give you center lines, angles and radii of all bends. You might want to google it and take a look.
Sethu Ganesan wrote: hi dan thanks for your suggestion.i am new to solid works,could you please provide me a link to a tutorial which would describe about the method you mentioned.
Sethu Ganesan wrote:
Sure...see the attached video!
thanks a ton Dan.will follow ur tips.
hi dan .could you please guide me to finding a solution for recreating a pipe in solid works,which was originally modelled in max.so that i can measure the angle by which the pipes were bent.or is there a way to trace 3d models
Tracing models...in you can bring in the 3d model into SolidWorks then it is just a matter of tracing out the center lines for the parts that you are looking to make. there is the 3d sketch tool that is awesome. along with the spline sketch for those crazy bends that come along.
from there you can insert that part with all the sketches into an assembly and then create individual parts by inserting a new part in the assembly and then convert the sketch in the in context sketch editing feature....then use the sweep command when you open the part and make your tubing or pipe that way.
Sethu Ganesan wrote: hi dan .could you please guide me to finding a solution for recreating a pipe in solid works,which was originally modelled in max.so that i can measure the angle by which the pipes were bent.or is there a way to trace 3d models
Export the 3ds max files as .iges and open them directly in SOLIDWORKS
after importing it as iges how do i trace it??
See this thread:
The 5th Weekly Power-User Challenge (May 19th, 2017): Straighten an Imported Wire
Gives you lots of ideas on how to do it.
Still not sure why you would need to trace it - Are you not running CNC tubing benders as J. Mather asked?
The thread that Dan Pihlaja recommended should be a HUGE help if you need to perform additional work to your files.
If you are going to do a lot of tube bending in the future in house I would suggest looking into tubeworks. It will auto create your centerlines and all your xyz intersection points. I know you would love it.
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Great job Wayne Schafer - Now I want TubeWorks . . .
We do a lot of in house tube bending. Been using tubeworks for 3 years now and really speeds up programing and getting production tubes bent and to welding.. We love it here at the Super K.
Hi .i am a basically a 3d artist new to solid works.i need to find the bend angles of each pipe.i am unable to find the bend angles of the stl file imported.so that is why i am trying to trace the exact pipe to measure the angles
thanx dan. i am finding the thread too much complex to comprehend.can u pls give me a link to a tutorial to trace a imported model from other 3d software
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