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Lunatic
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06/07/2020 05:31  

Ok, so I’m modelling a flying wing and I’m at the point where I’m making the bottom mould box.  The mating surface between top and bottom moulds has many slightly angled surfaces, so I will create the bottom half and use it to cut the top from a plain box.

The intent then is to use the wing model to either add to the boxes to create male patterns on which to lay up the moulds, or cut from them to form actual moulds to be CNC cut.

The construction of all these angles has been messy so I have created two ‘clean’ sketches, one for the profiles, and the other for the rails.  I did the profiles first so that when I created the rails they were exactly on the corners of the various profiles.

I have checked all the profiles for any ‘open’ corners, but all close, as demonstrated in the pic.

I’ve tried to loft and to sweep but I keep getting the “the rails are not smooth” error.

The suggestion is always to ensure a tangential relationship along the rails, but I can’t see how that’s possible with straight line segments.

Is there some other command that I’m missing, that uses straight line rails, or is there something I need to do with the rails ???

Any help or advice will be most appreciated.

Thanks, Steve.

 


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Ben K.
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06/07/2020 06:16  

Hey @lunatic,

A quick question... your intent is to create a mold from the wing? Is that correct?


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Lunatic
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06/07/2020 07:55  
Posted by: @benk

Hey @lunatic,

A quick question... your intent is to create a mold from the wing? Is that correct?

Yes, basically to cut the wing body out of the bottom box.  I just need to loft or sweep from one end to the other, to create that box.


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Ben K.
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06/07/2020 08:15  

@lunatic,

You can create a box around it (the wing), open the Combine tool, and use the wing as a tool to cut the shape of the wing from the box.

Then you can use Draft tool to cut the molded: https://help.autodesk.com/view/fusion360/ENU/?guid=GUID-83C650C2-E602-4BBC-AC9A-AB9A96F07B72


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Lunatic
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06/07/2020 09:43  
Posted by: @benk

@lunatic,

You can create a box around it (the wing), open the Combine tool, and use the wing as a tool to cut the shape of the wing from the box.

Then you can use Draft tool to cut the molded: https://help.autodesk.com/view/fusion360/ENU/?guid=GUID-83C650C2-E602-4BBC-AC9A-AB9A96F07B72

Thanks Ben, I'll give it a go.  I'm only a relatively new user. Cheers, Steve.


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Ben K.
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06/07/2020 09:56  

@lunatic

Otherwise, attach the file and I'll show you how to do it.


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