I have a sketch consisting of a line, an arc, an arc, and another line. I want to constrain the total amount of material used to a certain value. I'm not sure how to dimension the line + curve + curve + line. A picture is attached.
FYI, SW 2014 has a path length dimension in the dimensions toolbar. Would that be helpful?
You can dimension and constrain the circumference of those curves and add that dimension to your "line + line + curve + curve" equation.
Start by selecting one end point, then the next end point to the arc, then the arc itself, and finally select the location to place the dimension.
You then can treat it as any other dimension with an equation, or etc.
You're going to want to use an equation.
Something like (dim6) = OAL-(dim1)-3.14*(dim2)*(dim3)/180-3.14*(dim4)*(dim5)/180
where OAL = overall length of material
dim1 = 1st line dimension
dim2 = radius of 1st arc
dim3 = angle of 1st arc
dim4 = radius of 2nd arc
dim5 = angle of 2nd arc
Thanks. That worked perfect and was very very easy.
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