One hiccup though. Because I am using Mirror command to generate the tabs on opposing sides, there’s a limitation. I created this with the number of tabs set at 20. If you set that to a higher number, the added tabs will not mirror because obviously those bodies did not exist in the timeline before the Mirror command. If it’s set to a number less than 20, you just get the yellow warnings because those bodies referenced within the Mirror command no longer exist. This doesnt break the model though.
Yay! I remade the bottom of the box that can control the quantity of tabs. I asked Lars Christensen about it. He has an AMAZING YouTube channel with tons of Fusion 360 tutorials and has multiple live streamed training sessions each week. He pointed me to using parameters in the Rectangular Pattern.
It worked! This is the same exact box with different parameters.
He pointed me to two videos to help with parameters.
One problem I hope he can help with and (I asked about) is this. I set my sketch to have 4 tabs and extruded it. But when I modified the sketch to have more tabs they weren’t extruded. So I have one more little bit I am missing. STAY TUNED!
OK here is where I got. In the parametric box bottom above, I designed it with 4 tabs by putting little rectangles on the outside of a larger inner rectangle and extruding that. But that put a line between the main rectangle and all of the tabs
That means that to make the extruded body you selected the inner rectangle and all the tabs. The problem arose if your changed the number of tabs in the parameters beyond the amount of tabs you extruded originally, those additional tabs did not extrude. (as you can see above)
So I redid the parametric box bottom so that I defined the spaces between the tabs and had them positioned inside the main rectangle. What that leaves you with is an unobstructed extrudable space.
But I found that if I changed the tab quantity beyond the original extruded amount it still omitted the remaining tabs. So I rolled back in the timeline and changed the sketch to have 100 tabs per side that were then extruded.
@Jules You use, or have used, AI, Inkscape, Fusion 360 etc. After using them, which software is your go to for doing inlay with kerf adjustment? I’m trying to figure out if it’s worth spending the time to learn Inkscape or just upgrade my AI CS3 to Adobe Cloud.