||This task shows you how to create a
stiffener by specifying creation directions.
Select the profile to be extruded, that is Sketch.6
(located in the Part Body entity).
This open profile has been created in a plane normal to the face on which
the stiffener will lie.
- You can use wireframe geometry as your profile.
- In some cases, you can define whether you need the whole profile, or
sub-elements only. For more information, refer to
Using the Sub-elements of a Sketch.
- Clicking the icon
opens the Sketcher. You can then edit the profile. Once you have done
your modifications, the Stiffener Definition dialog box
reappears to let you finish your design.
You can also create your profile
by using any of these creation contextual commands available from the
Create Sketch: launches the Sketcher after
selecting any plane, and lets you sketch the profile you need as
explained in the Sketcher User's Guide.
Create Join: joins surfaces or curves. See
Joining Surfaces or Curves.
Create Extract: generates separate
elements from non-connex sub-elements. See
If you create any of these elements, the application then displays the
corresponding icon in front of the Selection field. Clicking
this icon enables you to edit the element.
- If you click the Selection
field and select another sketch, the application immediately creates the
- Clicking the icon
opens the Sketcher. You can then edit the
profile to modify your stiffener. Once you have done your modifications,
you just need to quit the Sketcher. The dialog box is closed and the icon
If you have chosen to work in a
hybrid design environment, the elements created on the fly via the
contextual commands mentioned above are aggregated into sketch-based
Join or extract features created from single 3D lines or
parallel connected lines cannot be selected as stiffener profiles.
||If you need to use an open profile,
make sure that existing material can fully limit the extrusion of this
The Stiffener Definition dialog box is displayed.
Two creation modes are available:
- From side: the extrusion is performed in the
profile's plane and the thickness is added normal to the plane.
- From top: the extrusion is performed
normal to the profile's plane and the thickness is added in the
From side is the default option. The
application previews a stiffener which thickness is equal to 10mm. The
extrusion will be made in three directions, two of which are opposite
directions. Arrows point in these directions.
Uncheck the Neutral Fiber option.
The extrusion will be made in two directions only. To obtain the
directions you need, you can also click the arrows. Note that you can
access contextual menu items on these arrows. These commands are the same
as those available in the dialog box.
Check the Neutral Fiber option again.
This option adds material equally to both sides of the profile.
Enter 12 as the thickness value.
This thickness is now evenly distributed: a thickness of 6mm is added to
each side of the profile.
Optionally click Preview to see the result.
The stiffener is created. The specification tree indicates it has been
How are Stiffeners Trimmed?
The application trims geometry in two steps: first, it trims the
different sketcher elements composing the selected profile, then
extrudes the resulting geometry and trims it to the body.
The following example shows an initial profile composed of two lines.
Because the pink line has been trimmed to the second line of the
profile, the resulting stiffener is made of three portions of material.
"From Top" Stiffeners
The From top option lets you create stiffeners from a network
as illustrated below. You can, if you wish, create this stiffener by
working on Body.2. Prior to doing so, ensure that Sketch.8
is the current object).
Figure 1: Sketch.8 includes several lines.
||Figure 2: With
the From top option on, the extrusion is performed normal to the
profile's plane and the thickness is added in the profile's plane. Note
also that the resulting stiffener is always trimmed to existing material.
There are two ways of defining the thickness.
- The Neutral fiber option adds the same thickness to both
sides of the profile. You just need to specify the value of your choice
in Thickness 1 field and this thickness is evenly added to
each side of the profile.
- Conversely, if you wish to add different thicknesses on both sides of
the profile, just uncheck the Neutral fiber option and then
specify the value of your choice in Thickness 2 field.
||The creation of "from top"
stiffeners is never done with respect to the creation order of the profile.
||Whatever the creation order of
Line.1, Line.2 and Line.3....
....the stiffener looks like this: