The first things that always get asked from the mold designer are.
- What are the steel sizes that I need so I can get stuff on order?
- When are you going to be done?
And not necessarily in that order…..
With the addition of the bounding box feature for multi-bodies in 2013 I was kind of curious as to if this would work for a non planar mold situation. So I turned my Split into a weldment and sure enough works like a charm.
The real story here is that you can take any multi-bodied part and turn it into a weldment. It does not have to contain structural items to be defined as a weldment just multiple bodies. I didn’t do anything really exotic here, just a pretty simple non-planar tooling split, which is pretty typical these days.
After I was done with the split I added in the weldment and right clicked to update the bodies.
I personally think this has some real advantages as a quick stock list can be generated for purchasing. Its definitely something that Mold and Tooling people have been asking for for quite some time and have typically either used a couple of workarounds to get a quick list to order steel or done the “measure and record” method.
Give it a try and let me know what you think