I'm using SW2012. Can I place a weldment profile on a surface or plane and extrude from it as I would any other sketch? Or can the profile only follow a sketched line?
Welcome to the forum. With a part open you can open your Toolbox toolbar, click on the Structural Shape button, select a shape, and click the Create button. It will insert the sketch into your part. You can edit the sketch plane, edit the sketch to fully define it's location, then extrude it. With that being said, I think it's much simpler to sketch a line and use the Structural Shape function from the Weldments toolbar.
I think it's probably simpler as well, but I just thought I would see if there was another option. Thanks.
Another option is to create a design library and point it to your existing weldments profile directory (top level). All of the profiles found under your weldments structural members feature will be present with the same folder structure. You can drag any of your profiles onto a plane and you get just the profile sketch. The sketch will show up as a library feature with a library sketch consumed under it in the feature tree. That sketch can be extruded like any other.
I've created a few custom profiles and put them the same location so they would appear in the dropdown lists, but haven't tried dragging and dropping. Will do, thanks.
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