How do you model a bent tube in order to get a flat pattern of the tube. I am creating a roll cage and want the flat pattern and bend lines to show up in the drawing for easy fabrication. The tube is rounded.
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See if anything in these challenges might help:
The 3rd Weekly Power-User Challenge (May 5th, 2017): Bend a square profile in multiple directions and determine its flat pattern
The 4th Weekly Power-User Challenge (May 12th, 2017): Unbend a Bent I-Beam
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Ok, so what is the correct way to model round tube in a roll cage so I can get how much tube I need to purchase, and easily show on drawings where the center of the bend should be?
Maybe a weldment?
10 Step SOLIDWORKS Weldments
Using Weldments and its features
Locating Structural Members in SOLIDWORKS Weldments
You can also get the total length of your tube this way as well as it is calculated for you.
SOLIDWORKS Weldments from Profiles to Cut Lists – Part 4 - Computer Aided Technology
Check out this thread for possible solutions: How to bend the open tube?Used for laser cutting, manual bending and final welding.
SOLIDWORKS PIPE & ROUNDBAR - BEND UNBEND (FLEX FEATURE)
Steve Labonte This is exactly what I was looking for. I just do not understand how you kept the Flatten-<BaseBend#> in the Flat Pattern after you Fillet the entire bar. My Flatten-<BaseBend#> goes away in my Flat Pattern when I use the Fillet feature on the bar. This causes me to have no Flat Pattern.
Helpful Hints for SoildWorks: Automating the Flex Feature
Dalen send a file of what you have already i'll look at it what version of sw are you on
I am using SolidWorks 2019.
I've never seen tubing made like that it won't flatten because of the radius size
I am trying to make a 1.5" tube, I just made the Sheet Metal Base be 1.5" with a radius of 0.75 to make it fully rounded. What would be the correct way to make a 1.5" tube?
SolidWorks sheet metal Tutorial | Calculate flat form of Elbow in Solidworks
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