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How to prepare imported Sheet Metal part for Laser ( esp. with countersink)

Question asked by Nicolai Gugel on Sep 18, 2015
Latest reply on Sep 21, 2015 by Bernie Daraz



we get lots of 3D-parts created with other software than Solidworks. We have to unflat and create Drawings for our shopfloor.


Our way to get to the best result is:

1. Import the file

2. create a new configuration (one configuration is the sheet metal part, one is the original)

3. edit holes / fill up the holes to get the tap hole.

4. Create flattened part and drawings


For a better understanding, I attached a demo file.


Is this the best way to get to this result?


In the case that it is the best way: Is there a posibility to get it done in a semi-automated way. I have experience with the API. What do you think is the best approach to support the user (e.g. get all edges of conical faces on one surface and create a drawing + extrude to fillout countersinks...


Thank you in advance for your thoughts.