In this blog series, we will create different variations of a parametric bolt based on variable size options and with or without provision for split pin hole. This will serve as another example of a parametric element that can be reused multiple times throughout a design due to variables and variations associated with it. (Refer to other blogs in Smart 3D Modeling series here.)
It should be noted that Constraints play a crucial role in creation of parametric elements. Only the correct constraints, when applied, will give you the desired result.
Following video demonstrates the end result that we will achieve at the end of this blog series:
In this blog we will create a basic 2D profile which can later be converted to a 3-dimensional bolt. For this, we will first create Variations with Variables for different sizes of bolts.
In a 3D Model, create the following Local Variables and Variations:
You can either create these variables and variations manually or import them from the Bolt Variations and Variables.csv file.
Following are the steps to create the profile needed for the bolt:
The basic 2D profile required to create the Parametric Bolt is now ready. In the next blog we will create a 3D bolt from this basic 2D profile. Stay tuned for the next blog which will be posted in the week of April 24, 2017.