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Converting 3d part outline to sketch

Creator
Creator

Hi All, 

 

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.

 

Thanks,


Callum 

Callum Fisher
Manufacture & Design Engineer
Bristol, UK
11 REPLIES

Re: Converting 3d part outline to sketch

Gears Phenom Gears Phenom
Gears Phenom

Hi,

 

Could you post a picture about your part?

 

BR,

Imics
http://solidedgest.wordpress.com/

Re: Converting 3d part outline to sketch

Creator
Creator

Hi, 

 

Im affraid i cant as there is a Non disclosure agreement between myself and the client. It is equipment such as drill bits.

 

Callum

Callum Fisher
Manufacture & Design Engineer
Bristol, UK

Re: Converting 3d part outline to sketch

Gears Esteemed Contributor Gears Esteemed Contributor
Gears Esteemed Contributor

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.

Sean Cresswell
Design Manager Streetscape Ltd
Solid Edge ST10 [MP8] Classic [x3 seats]
Windows 10 - Quadro P2000
Testing: Solid Edge 2019

Re: Converting 3d part outline to sketch

Creator
Creator
Hi Sean,

Thanks for that i will give it a go and let you know how i get on.

cheers

callum
Callum Fisher
Manufacture & Design Engineer
Bristol, UK

Re: Converting 3d part outline to sketch

Gears Phenom Gears Phenom
Gears Phenom

Hi,

 

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:

 

BR,

Imics
http://solidedgest.wordpress.com/

Re: Converting 3d part outline to sketch

Gears Esteemed Contributor Gears Esteemed Contributor
Gears Esteemed Contributor

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.

Bruce Shand
ST10 MP7 - Insight - Win10 - K4200

Re: Converting 3d part outline to sketch

Gears Honored Contributor Gears Honored Contributor
Gears Honored Contributor

Hi Callum,

 

"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:

 

  2015122201.png

 

~Tushar

Re: Converting 3d part outline to sketch

Creator
Creator
Hi All,

Thanks for all your replies. It seems that most of these techniquies will work but are quite long winded. I have found that the easiest way is to create a drawing of the part at 1:1 scale and then cut the outside sketch lines from the sketch.

From there i can paste the outline and offset sketch by a couple off mm to allow for the clearance fit in the foam. I can copy this sketch onto my foam block and use the cut command to cut my pockets.

Many thanks for all your replies.

Callum
Callum Fisher
Manufacture & Design Engineer
Bristol, UK

Re: Converting 3d part outline to sketch

Gears Esteemed Contributor Gears Esteemed Contributor
Gears Esteemed Contributor

@CallumFisher, Could you put up a jpeg of what you were after? I'm curious because it isn't clear to me.

Bruce Shand
ST10 MP7 - Insight - Win10 - K4200