I am working on a mold of a part with a living hinge.
I need to show in a animation how the hinge will function.
I have build a assembly of the body and lid but I do not know how to make the hinge flexable
To make the hinge move like it is supposed to, you can't just grab it and drag it, like it was a normal door hinge. Are you familar with SW animation?
So you have an assembly with one part for the body and one part for the lid? I would start a new part in context of the assembly, then place a sketch on the body for the profile of the hinge where it attaches to the body. Then place another sketch on the lid where the hing attaches there. Then loft in between them. When you move the lid and rebuild the in-context lofted part will update. When you make an animation it will rebuild every frame anyway so the animation will look smooth.
I was able to create a lofted part. When I move the lid the sketch that was attached moves out into space and the lofted area vanished.
This hinge does not just give at one point but forms a curve as the lid folds over 180 degrees. The lids motion is to sweep in an arc then move straight back to engage a latch
Can you attach the part files here? I could try it out and post the example for you.
You can make fake lip in case you looking to show animation only something like this box animation: SolidWorks Folding Box Animation
Check this post on how to do it: Re: Animate Sheet metal folds
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