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Stretchy Parts in Inventor and Productstream

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Sometimes you must wear stretchy pants… Is just for fun…
Jack Black – Nacho Libre

Well this isn’t the movies but in Inventor the phrase might go like this…
Sometimes you must use stretchy parts… Its just for the best Digital Prototype…

The problem with stretchy parts like springs or oRings in Inventor is that you may need to show them in different stretched positions, maybe even on the same drawing sheet. By placing multiple part variations in your assembly we have the ability to document these type of parts in the context of a mechanistic assembly drawing. Just tweak a BOM setting, create a View Represtentation, and you’ll be all set to create just the right assembly drawing views with your “stretchy parts”.

I have created a video of a stapler with a spring that must be extended in any view where the stapler is open. In addition, with a BOM setting changed, Productstream will even display exactly the right BOM for the design as well.

Watch Video Here

Contributed by Ben of the INCAT CAD Geeks
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