iLogic Tutorial for the iDrawer – 15

iLogic Tutorial – 15 – Notching the Dovetail for the Bottom

Now you need to hog out the dado on the tail. Turn on the visibility of the Drawer Elevation sketch, and rotate the model so that you can see the profile, then hit the E key and select the dado profile as shown below…

iLogic Tutorial for the iDrawer Page Fifteen Image 01 - Inventor's Extrude Tool

Now select the Cut operation which will change the direction of the preview and turn it red, then change the Extents to All and click OK to perform the cut.

iLogic Tutorial for the iDrawer Page Fifteen Image 03 - Extrude Cut

 

iLogic Tutorial for the iDrawer Page Fifteen Image 04 - Dovetail Close-Up

You can turn off the visibility of the Drawer Elevation sketch again, rename the Extrusion Tail Dado, and rotate the model to see the results…

This is all the geometry we need to pattern and mirror both sides. To begin the process, select the Rectangular Pattern tool from the Pattern panel, then select the Tail Loft feature in the Browser. Now click the red arrow under the Direction 1 option, then select the closer edge to the right of the tail as shown below…

 

 

iLogic Tutorial for the iDrawer Page Fifteen Image 05 - Begin Inventor's Pattern tool

…now, for the count, type in 4, and for the spacing, select list parameters and choose Tail_Spacing from the list, then add a space,  a + sign, and another space, then go back to the parameter list and choose Cutter_Diam. You should have a preview that looks like the image below…

iLogic Tutorial for the iDrawer Page Fifteen Image 06 - Configure The Pattern Tool

…clicking OK should give you a pattern of dovetails that look like those below…

iLogic Tutorial for the iDrawer Page Fifteen Image 07 - The Dovetails

Rename the new pattern Tail Pattern.

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