Creating an U-shaped clip connection

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Wonder how to create advanced connection topologies and connection types? Here you will find a tip for how to model a one-bolt connecting plate made of a U-shaped clip (bent plate).

In such cases, the best practice is to use a stiffening member operation and find a suitable cross-section that can be edited to a proper shape. 

Stiffening member

Then you have to change the cross-section according to the following pictures. This type of cross-section can be then easily transformed into a bent plate.

Cold-formed section
Cold-formed section

The following video shows how to place the element and connect it to other joint parts.

Other possibilities are importing it from a 3D CAD drawing or composing it using stiffening plate operations.

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