Here’s my ‘workaround’:
Make a wireframe w/only lines that are not connected to each other.
That way all the lines move w/o control points (except their end points).
Then make faces using ‘surface from planar curves’.
That guarantees planar faces.
Work everything as triangles, even though the planes may have more than 3 sides.
Once the model is totally perfect:
- All vertices connected, w/no stray end points,
- All shared edges coincident w/no parallax,
- All faces perfectly flat …
Then export only the faces to step or iges,
Then import into my parametric cad program to make sheetmetal out of it + make a drawing from the 3d model.
That’s a LOTTA steps, but it’s what it is.
I was hoping to find a way to use OLE between Rhino and Inventor, but can’t find a way to do that.
Also, I can’t find a way in Inventor to “derive” an imported surface model, which would be a potential work around for this problem.
I just hate having more than one program to do the job I need to do, b/c down-stream revisions/changes really screws up the work-flow. It forces you to start all over again. What a PITA!
That’s my skeletal work-flow for going from scan/digitize > Rhino work features > parametric solids modeler.
What I’d like to have is a way to connect Inventor to Rhino so that changes in the Rhino model will translate automatically into Inventor (good old fashioned OLE-like behavior).
Cheers … Chris