Solid Modeling Tools - How to Apply Dowel Joints to Your Product (Tutorial 4: Part 3)

Solid Modeling Tools - How to Apply Dowel Joints to Your Product (Tutorial 4: Part 3)

This article continues from Solid Modeling Tools - How to Apply Dado Joints to Your Product  and provides information for applying dowel joints to your product. 



  1. This step will show you how to configure your product for dowel joints at the stud vertical entities. First, set the dowel joint property, and then modify the section. 
    1. Modify the section profile by drawing closed polylines that represent the location and size of the dowels. The width of the rectangles represent the dowel diameter, and the height represents the length. The location in relation to each part is also important in defining the depth in part.
    2.  
      Fig. 01

    3. Click: “Extruded Tools > Vertical Entities > Edit Vertical Entity,” as shown in figure 13 above. 
    4. Set the property “Vertical Use Dados” to False. Set the property “Vertical Use Dowels” to True. 
    5. Set the value box next to the property “Vertical Dowel Associates” and select the rectangle representations of the dowels in the section drawing.
    6. If you don’t have drills setup that correspond to the dowel diameter, you will see messages reminding you of that fact for each dowel rectangle selected.
    7. When the 3D product redraws, verify every place that the vertical entities contact the plates receive a dowel joint with the correct number of dowel, as shown in the section. These vertical entities must have had the property for dowels set true, as specified above.
    8.  
      Fig. 02  

       
      Fig. 03

  2. Save the drawing. 


The next subject in this tutorial series will show you how to restore your custom product after Toolbox is restarted in a new session of Solid Modeling Tools (SMT) and then how to create manufacturing data for your custom product.

Click here  to view “Tutorial 5: Solid Modeling Tools (ManufacturingData).” 


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