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

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Understanding Bead Property Report and Mass Properties

To estimate accurate weld rod usage, fabrication time, and bead weights, the weld property reporting tool is available in assemblies. This can be used to help estimate costs. This tool allows you to query the mass, volume, length, type, and name of individual beads in the assembly. Through an option (available after you select Bead Report from the Weld panel of the Weld tab), you can retrieve this data for the current assembly and all of its child weldment assemblies. This information will be exported to a standard Microsoft Excel spreadsheet, as shown in Figure 10.36. In the weldment workflow, you can generate a weld bead report for the core packaging unit that contains the three subassemblies. ...

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