Tab and Slot
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The "Tab and Slot" add-in allows for easy tab and slot creation on plate and tube models. It supports the Assembly and Multi-Body part environments.
Any uniformly thick parts can be used to create tabs and slots. Further to that, "center drilled", "coincident", "Tangent" or "dog-bone" recess fillets can be added automatically to the Tabs or Slots or both.
The add-in supports Metric (mm) and Imperial (inch) units.
Note: This app uses a custom installer (and not the standard App Store installer).
The app gives a 10-day trial after the first run.
A subscription can be purchased for $79USD per year.
版本 3.0.1, 2023/4/11
<3.0.1> - [New] Added an option to fillet sharp edges - [Fixed] Bug fixes. <3.0.0> - [New] Added a Tangent Fillet option -- Fillets can be added tangent to Short or Long side of slots or tangent to Plate or Tab edge of the tabs. - [New] Added the ability to save your settings to file for easy recall. These setting presets makes it easy to configure many presets which can be recalled as needed. <2.0.8362> - [New] Added support for Multi-Body Parts. -- The Tab and Slot app can now function when you have a Multi-Body part open with multiple solid bodies. - [Fixed] Minor bug fixes. <2.0.8270> - [New] Tab and Slot has become a paid app. Thanks for everyone's feedback and contributions. We have a list of new features to add. - [New] The price to subscribe to Tab and Slot is $79 per year. -- Please email us for a quotation or invoice with payment details: email@example.com <2.0.8234> - [Fixed] Tab end-face fillets/chamfers did not compute in certain situations <2.0.8216> - [Improved] App Preview Expiry date was extended. <2.0.8134> - [Fixed] Slot extrusions have been set to "To Next" instead of Distance. -- This has fixed tolerance issues on certain imperial part models -- It also caters for if there are plate thickness changes that the slots and fillets will update accordingly <2.0.8117> - [New] Added support for Inventor 2023. - [Fixed] Existing Slot features will now change size if plate thickness is changed when features are added adaptively. <1.0.8075> - [Fixed] Our Help Videos got a new home and we re-linked the video's on the Help tab to the new location. <1.0.7964> - [Improved] Better handling of imported tolerant models -- Tolerant models are sometimes created when working with imported STEP, SAT etc. files which were generated by other CAD programs. <1.0.7935> - [Fixed] Better handling of assemblies with assembly features. -- This includes Weldment assemblies with Machining and Weld Prep features. - [Fixed] While selecting objects, the user can now press Escape and the selection process will end. <1.0.7933> - [New] Added support for Inventor 2020 and earlier. -- We have tested the add-in with Inventor 2019 and 2020 for this build and it seems to work fine. -- No testing was done for Inventor 2018 and earlier, but it should work. Please report any issues to us. <1.0.0> - [New] Initial release.
I would not do with out it but ther are a 2 things that would be nice
1. it would be nice if the tabs would chaing whith the part wen you chaing the size and spacing of the part, or then if you cold some how update old tabes insted of deleting them and then making them agen .
2.would ther be a way if ther are mutipel instences of the same part in the assemble to make it put the slots in for all the parts at the same time
other wis the works great
Thanks for the review and recommendations. We are looking at incorporating point 1 already. For point 2 there is a workflow to add slots only if you have a part that already has slots added. In the demo video we show that.
Great Tool! coming from Solidworks that has a built in Tab & Slot, i was disappointed that inventor 2023 does not have it. But i am glad that there is a plug-in available.
However, I do want to point out that the Tab & Slots are not parametric. Meaning, if you adjust plate and it changes the location of the tab, the slot will not update. You have to go search for all of the feautres/sketches and delete them. Then re-do the slots and tabs. I beleieve this is because the tool uses "Project Cut Lines" which are not associative. Instead, "Project Geometry" should be used.
Lastly, when switching to Inches, the mm still shows up in the input fields. Its not a big deal because the input is considered as Inches. But it is annoying seeing the "mm" every time you open the tool.
Thanks for the feedback and great review! The inches/mm setting only comes into effect when no unit is specified. So if you specify 12 then the unit will be 12mm if it was set to Metric or 12in if it was set to Imperial. So it's a default unit when the user does not specify a unit. The app is designed to use mixed units and formulas to make it more robust.
Autodesk should work with you guys
Thanks for the great review Philip!
We need one for fusion 30.
We use this tool all the time, simple workflow, create complex tabs and slots in very few clicks!
Thanks for the review and feedback!
This is a real time saver!! I just wished that the slots would move with the part, it you constrain a part and make your tabs and slot and the decide you want your part with the tabs over say a 1/2 inch the slots do not move with the part, that is the only down fall I see. Other then that it is great.
Thanks for your feedback. We will investigate this and add the improvements in the next release.
Nice tool works good in assemblies and saves a lot of time.
However I use multibodiparts and would also like to apply it in a part file if possible.
Thanks for the great review and feature request. We will look into adding multibody support.
Very nice tool! Really usefull, thanks. Apply in the end: it's not interactive to plate thickness or other changes.
Thanks for the great review.
Nice tool. Saves a lot of time.
Thank you :D
Thak you! :)
I´ve been waiting for this feature for too long in inventor, thank you for this very useful app!
Thanks for the great review. I hope the app comes in handy!