Can't figure out how to add weird, compound angle view and dimensions. This tube has 2 bends, one of which is bent up and to the left a bit. Any tips or advice?? Thanks -
If you use a rotary tube bender you typically create a table. You start at one end and "walk along" the center line of the tube. You specify the length going from one bend to the other (measured in between the true tangent intersection points - virtual sharps), the bend radius, the rotation & bend angle. Or you use the x,y,z coordinates of the virtual sharps with the bend radius at any given point. The rest the machine software takes care of.
A good reference is "Tube forming processes" by Gregory Miller.
Also discussed in https://forum.solidworks.com/thread/231604
In the past, I have always given the XYZ coordinates of the virtual sharps of all the bends. Has worked for every person who has ever needed it from me.
One point of advice: when in doubt, ask the manufacturer what they want....
But this is dependent from productions metod.
And as wrote Elmar from bender type.
Thanks very much for your input gents - I'll consider both of these suggestions. cheers
Like many types of components, how this tube is dimensioned on a drawing, how it's manufactured, assembled, and used, and what method and equipment is used to inspect it could conflict with each other. You might want to work with your internal quality dept. to decide proper dimensioning.
If you want a quick way to create the table then go to Solidsolutions and look at the two macros below.
Tube Centre Lines
Extracting Bend Coordinates
Wow - Elmar, this is very cool! I'll have to dig into this more - many thanks!
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