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Model of a convertible softtop roof mechanism

Model of a convertible softtop roof mechanism

(OP)
Hi, does anyone have a model of a convertible softtop roof mechanism? Just the bars of course.

I'm trying to model one, but it's tough...

Thanks, Daan

RE: Model of a convertible softtop roof mechanism

Time for a trip to a junkyard. ...

Mike Halloran
Pembroke Pines, FL, USA

RE: Model of a convertible softtop roof mechanism

The original designers did it with slide rules, pencils, T-squares, erasers, and drafting boards! (And probably a high number of cardboard cutouts!)

RE: Model of a convertible softtop roof mechanism

Search online, like at GrabCad.com, they have a model.

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RE: Model of a convertible softtop roof mechanism

(OP)
I searched grabcad and thingyverse, without luck...

RE: Model of a convertible softtop roof mechanism

daanh,

Model a bunch of pins. You don't even need an assembly model. You can do this at the sketch level.

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JHG

RE: Model of a convertible softtop roof mechanism

(OP)
I know, I tried using sketch blocks. But even the schematic mechanism is difficult.

RE: Model of a convertible softtop roof mechanism

daanh,

Are you designing something, or modeling an existing system?

If designing, break your task down into steps. Sketch a bunch of straight lines and apply some constraints. Move the movable stuff and see what moves. Fiddle dimensions around until you get he behavior you want. Now, you can model real parts!

If you are modeling an existing linkage, model the pieces and assemble them. IF it does not work, you have modeled something wrong. Maybe you don't understand the linkage.

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JHG

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