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Extrude cut at assembly level help! WildFire 5.0

Aaronm87
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Extrude cut at assembly level help! WildFire 5.0

So we have an airplane that is a surface model and we have a component that is spatially located in the correct spot on the body. Is there a way to extrude the intersecting surface so that the airplane model now has a cut matching the component? I'm sure there is a way to do this, but I am not very familiar with any advanced modeling in WF5.


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Figured it out. In case anyone is wondering its

Edit > component operations > cut out

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Figured it out. In case anyone is wondering its

Edit > component operations > cut out

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Hi Aaron...

Be careful with the assembly cut out feature. It's very useful... but there are some important caveats when using it. Basically the cut out feature does a simple boolean cut to your airplane surface. While Pro/E can certainly do these boolean cuts, best practice is not to rely on them too much. You're creating external references between the part and assembly. These are not inherently bad... but external references have gotten a very bad reputation over the years due to the potential for them to cause problems. Not effectively managaing and understanding them can lead to circular references (which cause your model NOT to regenerate fully).

Also... those cut out features can begin to slow down model performance. When your assemblies become large and you use either assembly extruded cuts (with auto-intersect turned on) or the cut out feature, regeneration times can skyrocket.

It's great that you found a solution. My advice would be to read up on the cut out feature a little more to understand exactly what price you are paying for boolean-style cuts in your model. This isn't meant to dissuade you from using the features you need... just friendly advice to help you avoid a problem later.

Take care...

-Brian

Well the aircraft has a complex surface and basically we made a shroud to deflect the air and used the cutout to create the proper geometry so the company can use the model to fabricate it. Thank you for the info, hopefully it will not cause any problems.

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