iLogic Tutorial for the iDoor – iLogic Rules for Automatic Hinge Boring and Size Limits
This iLogic tutorial builds on the completed iDoor tutorial by adding automatic Blum hinge bores based on the hinge boring specifications set forth by WalzCraft. This spec was chosen simply because it was the first one I ran across that was complete enough to use, and will be similar to the boring specs of most cabinet shops. I couldn’t find min and max sizes or mandatory center rail (if door exceeds certain size) info, so I will just go from experience. The center rail rule will have to come in a future tutorial anyway.
The completed iLogic tutorial has a rule that sets the hand of the door to Left, Right, or None, uses the height parameter from the previous tutorial to automatically set one of four hinge configurations, adds all of the hinge parameters to add future rules to change hinge types and offsets (or manually change them), and lastly sets min and max sizes in both width and height. The min/max rule also automatically changes any wider rail and stile widths to their minimum (2″) width when the door gets too small. The image below shows the completed iLogic iDoor set at 48″ tall — which automatically gave it three hinge bores. It’s pretty cool to see it in action.
As with all tutorials here, you will need Autodesk Inventor 2010 or newer to complete the exercise. You can download a free 30 day Inventor Product Trial if you need to over at Autodesk, but I do not know if the trial includes iLogic, which under Autodesk’s current scheme, is only available to subscription customers. Its worth going through the tutorial whether you do the tasks or not as it will give you an idea of the power contained in this exciting design tool. No matter what it is you design, you can use iLogic’s rules based design to automate the design process exactly to your needs.
You also need the completed iDoor from the tutorial. If you haven’t completed the iDoor tutorial, you can download iDoor.ipt and use it as your base.
Hope you enjoy this iLogic tutorial!
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