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Cable braiding, ropes and other materials in Inventor.

A - answer If you need to represent Inventor objects and materials defined by their typical texture or surface pattern, you can usually do it by defining a display material - it is not neccessary to model the detail in 3D.

This applies to such objects as ropes, cables, braided wires (sleeves), grills, engraved texts and logos, etc.

You can specify the surface structure by applying an appropriate texture in the Colors definition in Styles (Styles and Standards > Styles Editor > Color). You can find a number of predefined textures directly in the Inventor menu (surfaces of metals, wood, plastics, stones), others can be addded easily using your own images - BMP files.

E.g. if you need to "model" a braided electrical cable, you can use the predefined texture Wire_Sleeve&.bmp or you can define your own surface material like that in the block Braided-cable:

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3.11.2009    13906×  
applies to: Inventor 2010 ·

See also:
Tip 11464:How to make a fast Inventor Studio animation without rendering?
Tip 10871:FEM - graphical representation of simulation results in missing.
Tip 10208:How to model a 3D thread in Inventor?
Tip 10109:How to set Inventor model appearance (permanently)?
Tip 10068:Surface texture symbol with predefined texts and symbols.

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