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Inventor Sheet Metal – Contour Roll

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I just wanted to take a look at the Contour Roll command inside Inventor 2010. Of course this command will be found in the sheet metal environment, and by the way you can make some really cool shapes with it. So what is a contour flange:

A contour flange is defined using a profile sketch and a straight edge on an existing face. The profile sketch consists of lines, arcs, splines, and elliptical arcs. Contiguous geometry in the profile results in bends in the contour which honor the bend radius value of the sheet metal style. The contour flange can be offset to either side of the profile sketch.

One more important item of note since it lives in the sheet metal environment let’s not forget the automatic flat pattern that can be provided. Let’s take a look.

Video Link:

http://www.screencast.com/t/NWE3N2NjNDM

Created by one of the Cad Geeks

Inside the Contour Flange with some internal bends

One of the great new Sheet Metal features to come along with Inventor 2008 was the improved Contour Flange command. This could be used to create some elaborate box type shapes, but it had limitations with internal type flanges. Autodesk is improving the sheet metal environment once again with Inventor 2009, and one of the improvements now allows many types of internal contours.

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Contributed by Ben of the INCAT CAD Geeks

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