I need to create a steel frame for a machine and will be using structural tubing and sheet metal for the design. I know there are many ways to approach this, but I want to have a discussion with you folks who maybe do this sort of thing every day and hopefully learn a few pointers before I dive in.
I was thinking to create a part template of a tube length that I can use to start most of the components. But then I thought it might be smarter to create a multi-body part instead...
This frame will be documented and will see low production (~12 units per year). There will be sheet metal components that get welded to the frame - this may exclude the use of multi-body...
I would like to have a cut sheet of the individual tube lengths - I know that is an easy thing for Solidworks to do, but I have never done it.
I look forward to hearing all of your opinions on how this job can be done most efficiently.