Every superhero team has those members who are just not as strong as the rest, some might even make you question why they are even part of the team. For every Captain America there is the Wasp, for every Superman there are the Wonder Twins, for every Superboy there is Bouncing Boy, and for every Wolverine there is the Toad. However, no matter how weak or how out of place these members might seem, they always find a way to help fight evil and save the day.
Within the Inventor Sheet Metal environment, these members are Corner Rounds, Corner Chamfers, and Cuts. On their own they don’t have the same “wow” factor as Contour Flanges or Lofted Flanges, but in the overall picture of making the sheet metal model they hold their own.
Corner Rounds and Corner Chamfers
The key feature about Corner Rounds and Corner Chamfers? the “Corner” component of it. The advantage of these two features is they only allow for the selection of corners, those tiny edges that you’d have to zoom right into to select with the regular fillet and chamfer features. The fact alone that you do not need to zoom in and out saves oodles of time
The Cut feature has a couple advantages over the regular modeling extruded cut. First, it defaults to the thickness – meaning you don’t have to enter the extrude depth, nor switch to All (although you always have the option to set the depth)
By enabling Cut Across Bend, Inventor wraps the sketched profile across the faces and bends the cut intersects with. The “wrapping” respects the active sheet metal style, meaning the resultant cut in the flat pattern is exactly the same size as the sketch geometry.
Cut Normal is used when you want the feature cut perpendicular to the face(s) that the extrusion intersects.
Using the above model here is the difference between Cut and Cut Normal
Don’t discount the little guy!
Feature Image Toying With The Men by JD Hancock