Step 1: Create Solid Feature From Which to Cut
When creating the solid on which to work with your Extrude Cut, either create the solid without dimensions, or delete the dimensions before creating the Catalog Feature. Parameters created for the solid may become part of the Extrude Cut Catalog Feature when inserted, and removing any parameters not associated with the Extrude Cut will help prevent this problem.
The Solid does not need to relate in any way to the Catalog Feature. In this case we will be creating a cope profile for a 3/4" board, yet the solid on which we will be working is just an oversized rectangular part.
Step 2: Create Sketch Profile for Extrude Cut
Name the Extrude Cut Feature with a descriptive name, as it is this feature name that will be used for the name of the Catalog Feature and not the filename when it is inserted into a Part.
Extrude Cut from the Sketch using the Through All or Distance options, as the To Geometry and Next options will not be valid when used with a Catalog Feature.
We have found that it is worthwhile to mirror cutter profiles, as the opposite hand orientation is often required to properly create a feature from the sketch. Take this into consideration when creating a sketch for a Catalog Feature, and possibly mirror your sketch.
When creating cutter profiles, it is handy to properly locate and define the axis of rotation so that it can be used to mirror the profile.
Step 3: Mirror Profile and Modify Parameter Names
Rename all the parameters in the Equation Editor with an identifier at the beginning of the parameter name. We use a vendor abbreviation and profile identification followed by an underscore, inserted at the beginning of each parameter name. This provides rapid identification of parameters associated with a particular Catalog Feature when working with the Equation Editor in the destination Part file.
Step 4: Extrude Cut From Created Profile
Once the Extrude Cut Catalog feature is inserted in the part, the sketch contained in the Extrude Cut Catalog Feature can be edited to fine tune the cuts actual location.
Step 5: Create the Extrude Cut Catalog Feature
When you use this Extrude Cut, specify the plane on which to insert the Sketch profile from the Catalog Feature, and when APPLY’d, the Extrude Cut will hopefully appear as a valid feature.