When designing parts, there can be many scenarios where you need to add structural ribs to your designs.
When manufacturing by injection moulding, it is essential to keep the wall thickness as consistent as possible to aid material flow and avoid defects such as warpage, sink marks, etc.. As it is not always possible to have exactly the same thickness everywhere, and other geometries such as large and flat areas can be problematic, you can design ribs and gussets to improve the mould flow and structural integrity of plastic parts.
The Rib feature is a fantastic way to create ribs quickly, especially on parts that have complex shapes or many ribs that intersect. But the Thin Extrude feature includes additional tools to make ribs suitable for moulding, like draft angle, and also offers a lot of flexibility on where and how to create your supporting sketches.
Where’s the Thin Extrude Feature?
Too easy, it is just nested under the Extrude feature!
How Can the Thin Extrude Feature Help Create Ribs?
Start a new sketch to design the location of your ribs or they could already be in the sketch of your main geometry. Select the Extrude feature and choose “Thin” to select the location of your ribs.
You have all the flexibility that the Extrude feature offers: two Extrude directions, End type, Starting offset, Symmetry, Draft, and a Second end position. All this makes it very versatile and can help you to speed up your design process.
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