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Mastering Autodesk® Inventor® 2012 and Autodesk® Inventor LT™ 2012 by Curtis Waguespack

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Modeling with Non-Sheet-Metal Features

Although the sheet-metal feature set is extensive, sometimes using non-sheet-metal features can be helpful or possibly even required to accomplish your design. The challenge when using non-sheet-metal features is to honor the guiding principles of sheet-metal design so that the resulting component can be unfolded; in addition, you want to incorporate sheet-metal conditions so that the features are manufacturable and therefore cost-effective.

Selecting Problematic Features

Although it's possible to design sheet-metal components using lofts, solid sweeps, and shells, these features can produce unpredictable and hard-to-control results. The Loft tool, unless highly restricted, produces doubly curved surfaces ...

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