
Re: How to measure the length of a dynamic cable (part)
Mark Kaiser Jul 13, 2010 3:06 PM (in response to Van Stokes)An approximation would be to have a 3D sketch, and sketch lines/arcs along the center of the cable, then convert to a spline using the fit spline tool. The length of the resulting spline would then be your approximate cable length. Seems like a rough way to do it, hopefully someone has a better way. Routing?

Re: How to measure the length of a dynamic cable (part)
David Anderson Jul 13, 2010 3:13 PM (in response to Van Stokes)if the crossection is constant then the volume/ft is consant, compute the volume then divide by the vol/ft constant to attain the length.
you could do the same thing using mass/ft as well.

Re: How to measure the length of a dynamic cable (part)
Van Stokes Jul 13, 2010 3:41 PM (in response to David Anderson)Yes, that did it!
How to for others:
Our part is a 10mm diameter cable. We need to find it's length.
We created a temporary part of a 10mm diameter cable and extruded it 1mm (length).
We then obtain its VOLUME from the MASS PROPERTIES.
In this case we have: Volume = 78.54 cubic millimeters
Open the part to measure and obtain its VOLUME from the MASS PROPERTIES.
In our case we have: Volume = 375897.80 cubic millimeters
We do the math: 375897.80 / 78.54 = 4786.07mm or 4.786m

Re: How to measure the length of a dynamic cable (part)
David Anderson Jul 13, 2010 3:56 PM (in response to Van Stokes)looking at your model you have a number of sweeps. you could do this all perhaps in 1 single 3d sketch profile then use select chain to get the entire sweep profile sketch and then use measure. a few more steps but should work



Re: How to measure the length of a dynamic cable (part)
CADsupport Kagroup Aug 9, 2010 7:36 AM (in response to Van Stokes)Simply add lengt dimensions to all relevant sketch entities. Use arc length for radii, click on Smart Dim, select first arc endpoint, then the second one, and then the arc itself at last. Make an equation to calculate the sum. The calculated sum can for example be linked up in a text note on a drawing.