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

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Creating Boss Features

image To hold plastic parts together without risking damage to the thin wall features, boss features are often used to provide a more rigid connection point than just a simple hole. You can use the Boss tool in Inventor to create matched pairs of bosses on mating parts. The half accepting the fastener is the head, and the other half is the thread. You can create both types of bosses using the Boss tool. When required, you can add strength ribs so that the boss features will not be snapped off under load. As a rule, you should consider adding ribs when the length of the boss exceeds the diameter by more than three times.

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