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  • connor_macmurray
    Ive just posted this in the community for support but thought I might send it to you directly in case there is an easy fix you can think of.

    I am attempting to make a tambour front box, like a bread box, only smaller and with a bottom drawer that the roller door section connects to. When you pull out the drawer, the roller door retracts, when you close the drawer, the roller door closes.
    The tambour/roller door is made up in real life from timber slats 6mm thick, 10mm wide and 220mm long. They run in a groove that is 6.5mm wide and are connected together by laying them out flat and gluing canvas to the underside which provides the articulation. In order to replicate this in Onshape I made a revolute mate between the lower edges that touched therefore allowing the tambour to in theory bend around the groove in the sides.
    In real life the tambour is inserted into the grrove at the bottom and fed up and around. Then the tail end is screwed into the bottom of the drawer which means when the drawer is opened it them gets pulled along the groove underneath and therefore retracts the tambour on top.
    Here is the view from the other side 
    Also, the reason why it looks so funny is that I tried to move them upward in one go but the middle two decided not to move and so the others flexed accordingly showing the revolute mate obviously works.
    I have only been using Onshape for a day, but have used other CAD packages before, but this is killing me. I've tried pin and slot, which I now know is the wrong thing, and tangent but it doesn't seem to want to work either.
    Any help with this would be greatly appreciated.

    May 14
    • john_mcclary
      You could also use the "@NAME" notation in the forum post to notify someone directly.
      in this case you would put @lougallo anywhere in your post

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