This tool allows you to add tabs and slots to both sheet metal and innovative parts.
In the dialog box you can select type and set the dimensions:
in the first combo box, select the type of tab you want to add,
See here** for how to add your Tab.
Here you can choose the type of placement between:
The distance and the number of tabs vary according to the choice of placement.
In this section you can set the starting and ending offset, the icon on the right allows you to swap the start and end.
Here you can set all the dimensions based on the chosen tab (so some boxes may be inactive).
In this section, you set the clearance spaces around the tabs, these are the dimensions that will create the slot hole on the opposite element.
The padlock on the right allows you to enter values that are all the same.
(The size of the cut boundary is represented with a semi-transparent yellow shape)
To change tab settings, select an IntelliShape-level tab, right-click IntelliShape and select Edit Tabs.
Similarly, if you want to delete all the tabs on the border, right-click IntelliShape and choose Remove Tabs.
If the element has changed size (thickness or dimension), you can update all tabs in the part, right click on the part and choose Update Tabs
In order to create your tabs and slots, the models must be parametric, and be saved in the folder of the library.
Here are one example of Tab and his Slot:
Tab00.ics is a part with a two parametric section:
The IntelliShape named Tab creates the tabs on the element on which you drop it, and must contain these parameters:
Thickness isn’t present because it’s calculated from element on which you left the command.
The IntelliShape named SMDrill creates slots on the neighboring element on which the tab is released, and must suppressed, and contain these parameters:
The Libray folder is normally set in ..\ICMechanical\Library\Tabs but you can set it wherever you want, use the IPROSetting tool to do it.
If you want a preview to appear in the combo box, you need to add a .jpg file with the same name as the .ics file, this is an example: