Learn how to modify a design example to show how you can create forming tools for use in the Design Library.
- [Instructor] So, next we're going to modify an existing forming tool, and we had already copied the awesome circular emboss over. And we had placed it on our test. We're going to modify it and put it in again with the new one, so I'm going to open this. Notice you can open your library features from the pane, there it is, and you may recall, this was a 50 diameter. This is in millimeters.
So I'm going to do a File, Save As, and I'm going to save it in the Awesome Forming Tools, and I'm going to call it awesome circular emboss, 20 mm, or 25 mm, and I'm going to give it the same description, 25 mm. Once again, I'm saving it in the Forming Tools folder. I'm going to save it. Has to go in the Forming Tools Folder, or it's not going to work as a forming tool. I'm going to come over, I'm going to modify this, and I'm going to change it to 25 millimeters, okay.
This fillet's going to stay the same, and this fillet, I'm going to change to 2.5, okay. And I'm going to save it. And I'm going to close it, okay. Don't see it back here, don't panic. Just hit refresh. And there it is. Notice that the name is 25 millimeters. So now let's test it out. So remember we place it, the face makes a difference in terms of the orientation. So if I select this face, it's going to go dimple-down, if I select that face, it's going to go dimple-up.
Rotation angle doesn't really matter, because it's circular. And then I'm going to, always make sure you select the position tab, 'cause that's going to determine where it's located. So I'm going to come over here, and I'm going to add a relation between the origin, that, I'll make them horizontal, and I'll give a little distance there. And there it is. Green check. There's my forming tool that I've modified.
And that's really the best way to start is to take an existing forming tool that's close to what you want and modify it, and then test it to make sure if it does the way you want. And then next, we're going to be creating a forming tool from scratch.
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