How to create an accordion style membrane around a slide?
I'm designing a sort of a slide mechanism. I need to add a fabric membrane around it. It will cover the shafts, but it needs to move, just like an accordion. Is it possible to do that in Autodesk Inventor?
Inventor doesn't model deforming materials such as rubber, fabric, rope etc.
If the reason for needing movement is for display or presentation, the only easy way I can think of at the moment is to model the accordion as a solid or as a surface (.ipt) and create a parameter for the distance between the peaks (Pitch). You can animate this parameter inside Inventor Studio and the accordion will look as it's compressing and expanding. Check the quick video I attach.
Can't think of a simple way to do it and move it "live" in the Assembly environment.
Hope this helps...