By Scott Cunliffe
Plastic features from the Plastic Part panel in Inventor are not shown by default in recent versions of Inventor. To enable:
Right-click in empty panel space > Show Panels > Plastic Part
Begin by creating a sketch representing your grill geometry – only simple lines are required.
Start the grill tool and pick each of the constituent parts. The tool requires at least a Boundary to be selected from a closed loop, and the subsequent choices are optional.
Some iteration will probably be required until you get it exactly as you want.
Some rules to note:
- The Boundary can only be flush or bossed but not embossed.
- The Island takes it depth from the Boundary
- You can choose to include only spars and not ribs, but they take their dimensions as offsets from the rib tab.
- The tool can be used on any surface