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Frame Generators

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by dgstoll, Jan 31, 2007.

  1. NateLiqGrav

    NateLiqGrav Alibre Super User

    It is a ghost part used for initial creation (by edges or by points) and positioning (constraining) of the frame members.
    I'm making too many changes yet to show the GUI.
     
  2. cadtec

    cadtec Member

    Hello Nate, your frame generator is interesting. Are the individual profile sections stored in an assembly? (The question goes in the direction of BOM.) Best regards, André
     
  3. NateLiqGrav

    NateLiqGrav Alibre Super User

    Each profile is created as a new part added to the assembly. Eventually I will add in the ability to export a material list.
     
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  4. Ydl

    Ydl Member

    Couldn't disagree more. It was one of a handful of features that ruled it out of procurement for the last company I worked for. I now just tinker with 3D design, and I miss it every now and then.
     
  5. cadtec

    cadtec Member

    If you need it then it is a big relief provided it is well programmed and has a good workflow.
    With our other CAD programs, the frame module is a driving force when it comes to selling licenses.
     
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  6. Mika

    Mika Senior Member

    Is there any Frame Generator tool in develelopment by Alibre itself. No scripts, real tool just like sheet metal.
     
  7. NateLiqGrav

    NateLiqGrav Alibre Super User

    I've talked to Alibre about this Frame Builder being included with the Alibre Design install. At that time I asked them a similar question and the response was something like they had no intention to make a frame builder themselves. If Alibre changes their mind I'm willing to work on a built in version.
     
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  8. Mika

    Mika Senior Member

    I hope they will change their mind soon. All the other noteworthy cad systems have this already, even the other affordable priced ones like ZW3D.

    If they will not do any major improvements, Alibre will stay on the shadows. Polisihing the UI is not enough.
     
  9. simonb65

    simonb65 Alibre Super User

    How many users would use a frame builder tool? Would it be a big enough body of users for it to be a feature that makes it into the product before other long standing requests? Not being negative, just trying to widen the debate and personally understand the pull for a frame builder as it seems quite specialised to me.
     
  10. Mika

    Mika Senior Member

    How many users use sheet metal?
     
  11. idslk

    idslk Alibre Super User

    min. 1 (me):D
     
  12. HaroldL

    HaroldL Alibre Super User

    To me it is the same as the frame/weldment feature in SolidWorks. It is useful for those involved in machine design/building. I've only used the one in SW once for a training tutorial. But when you need it, it can be a real time saver.

    Probably more than you think but maybe not enough to warrant a serious effort to add functionality to the sheet metal module. Just look how long it took to get the mitered flange and adjustable weld gap.

    If these are all the people on the development team I don't think there are enough to implement all the enhancements that are requested on a short development cycle. They are probably already pushed to the limit and Kudos to them for their efforts.
     
  13. idslk

    idslk Alibre Super User

    Hello Harold,

    are you shure ? From were do you get this information that these people are the development team?

    Regards
    Stefan
     
  14. DavidJ

    DavidJ Alibre Super User Staff Member

    That photo is from a European reseller meeting. Includes some from Alibre head office.
     
  15. HaroldL

    HaroldL Alibre Super User

    No - Note that I said "IF" and I'm not even "sure". You need to read the entire statement in context to understand the point I was making.
     
  16. Mika

    Mika Senior Member

    One point why I originally asked this in file saving and organizing thread was that the frame generators also creates so much less files. One file can include multiple bodies of different kind of standard structural steel bars welded together. All of those small "flatbar" pieces no need a separate file and file number. Softwares like SW, it creates just a "cutlist" of those part bodies, not BOM list of files.
     
  17. NateLiqGrav

    NateLiqGrav Alibre Super User

    NONE of the Alibre Design tools currently allow multibody parts. That would probably require a full redesign of Alibre Design - which I think is unlikely.
     
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  18. sboivin

    sboivin Member

    I did to model a caster wheel. I intent to use it for an electronic instrument project.
     
  19. NateLiqGrav

    NateLiqGrav Alibre Super User

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