I have an extruded part where one edge has a
complex profile. I want to create a mating part
to the profile edge (let's call the existing profile
the male and I want to create the matching female profile).
I've tried to use the existing part to do an extrude
cut into the new part, but I can't get this to work.
-Is it possible to use the profile edge to extrude
cut into a new part, to get a matching (mating)
-If so, how does one do this?
-If not, is there a way to get a matching (mating)
profile on an new part? (Obviously I could redraw
the same profile, but it's complex and I'm hoping
to make use of the geometry already created).
BTW I'm learning SW and I've asked other questions
in this group, and gotten good responses. I appreciate
those who take the time to help out!
You have several options.
First, you can put the existing extruded part in an assmebly and create the
mating part within the context of the assembly. Using this approach, you
can either reference the edges of the existing extrusion or the sketch(es)
used to create the extrusion. You can extrude using the sketch created from
the existing part thereby creating the desired geometry directly.
Alternatively, you can create a simple extrusion of an appropriate size and
perform an extrude cut using the sketch created from the existing part.
Either approach should work fine.
Second, you can copy the original extrusion to a new part and edit the
features that created the complex edge to cut away the opposite side of the
part. Depending upon how your original part was setup, this approach can
range from simple to fairly time consuming. This approach works very well
when you have cuts that are performed using cut lines as opposed to closed
Third, you can put the existing extrusion in an assmebl, create a new part
of an appropriate size, put the new part in the assembly, and use the cavity
tool to subtract the volume of the original extrusion from the new part.
Some people find using the cavity tools a bit more complicated, but once you
get the hang of it they are very useful. Read the help files for an
explanation of their proper use.
Feel free to contact me if you have any questions.