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Tube/frame designer

Discussion in 'Using Alibre Design' started by Kenneth, Jun 27, 2020.

  1. Kenneth

    Kenneth Member


    Does Alibre have a tool to create tube-frames?

    I came from Solid Edge before Alibre, and in SE it's possible to create a sketch for the frame you want, then click a Frame Design tool.
    Then you select what size of tube you want e.g.40x40x2, then select your sketch (2d or 3d), and the program would make the tube design with cut-list etc.

    Is this possible in Alibre? Or some of it?
    How do you make tube-frames?

    Trying to apply a 40x40x2 to this sketch, but can't find a way to do it:

    Last edited: Jun 27, 2020
  2. DavidJ

    DavidJ Alibre Super User Staff Member

    Last edited: Jun 28, 2020
  3. Kenneth

    Kenneth Member

    Thanks DavidJ.

    I managed to do it using Thin Wall Extrude and then Shell.

    60x60x3 frame:

    For future reference:

    1. Make a normal Sketch

    2. I get an alert, I luck ignore it.

    3. Click Thin Extrude


    Mid Plane, 60 mm. (plane will be in center of the tube)
    Wall Thickness, 30 to each side, making the sketch-line center of the tube.


    5. Click on Shell:

    Select the top face under "Overrides" (Face<4> in this example)
    My tube is 60x60x3, so this I go with a thickness of 3 mm.

    7. Center view to see the result:

    Attached Files:

  4. DavidJ

    DavidJ Alibre Super User Staff Member

    The warning is because for MOST features, the sketch must be closed - you can safely ignore this message for thin wall features. Alibre design doesn't know what you are going to do with the sketch when you first create it.

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