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

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Caterpillar

You can create and use caterpillars (2D weld representations) in drawings when you want to use a lightweight representation for solid weld beads. As long as the welder is comfortable with this representation, you can use caterpillars. Figure 10.43 shows the dialog box for the Weld Caterpillars tool in drawings. You can create weld caterpillars using the boundary (extent) edges of the welds. This drawing annotation is not associated with weldments in the assembly model. In other words, you can create the caterpillar on any edge without the presence of any corresponding weld bead in the assembly. This is useful when you want to quickly document weld beads in drawings. The caterpillar could be used in addition to the weld symbol to make ...

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