I have a series of 3d step files that i have been sent.
I need to machine pockets in a block of foam to fit these components into.
Is there any way i can take the outline of the 3d part and create a sketch from that? I can then create an offset of a coulpe of mm to create a pocket for the part.
Any help would be much appreciated.
Im affraid i cant as there is a Non disclosure agreement between myself and the client. It is equipment such as drill bits.
Hi there @CallumFisher,
You could possibly use inter-part copy.....using an offset copy of the surfaces required, [all hail the long yearned for "shrinkwrap" tool we don't have YET] then work that to a solid to either boolean subtract, or actually make it into the foam pad.
Years ago, I've also used insert part copy, with an % up-scale factor, for packaging form models.
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Yes, as @SeanCresswell has already mentioned we have no Shrinkwrap yet, but you can build it manually, unfortunately this is not a timesaver method.
Here is a video about steps:
According to the question it seems that perhaps simply creating a live section, then a project to sketch with an offset would do what he wants. It's not clear that he needs to simulate a mold function.
"outline of the 3d part" reminded me of the Parting Surface and the help looks promising too.
But I could not work out anything closer to what is shown in the image: