dcgrigsby wrote: ↑
Wed Jun 03, 2020 2:34 am
I have a (simplified) sketch of an aluminum extrusion in the Parts group of an Assembly 4 assembly as shown here:
I'd like to extrude this sketch in various lengths in another document and assemble them together into a frame. Alternately, I'd extrude it to different lengths in the original document and insert each as a part in the other document as an assembly.
I tried a very brute-force method (not as elegant as the variant link, which would be the real solution) and it seems to work: in a document, create your sketch, and in the same document create as many bodies as you'll need parts. Then, Draft_Clone that sketch for each body, and move the clone into each respective body. Then, extrude each clone to the desired length. When you change the original sketch, all the sections of all the bodies follow. Would that solve your problem ?
(I don't know whether ShapeBinder or SubShapeBinder or Binder or WhatElseBinder do the same. Actually, I don't understand why there are so many similar cloning options, and what they all do)
Now, if you use that in Asm4, and put all your bodies in the Parts group, and you use a master sketch to draw the frame, you might even be able to retrieve the length of each extrusion from the master sketch, then link the bodies into the assembly at their correct place, and build like that a parametric frame. If you have beams with identical length (4 legs for example) you'll need to extrude it only once, saving memory.