Is there a way to convert back the other way? I have a flat part that was created as a sheet metal part but now we need to make it from a different material so it shouldn't be a sheet metal part. Can I convert it to a regular part? My work around was to create a sketch, convert geometry and extrude it, then delete all the other features and the sheet metal features. this worked but I lost all my mates.........Hoping a conversion would do the same but keep the mates.
Good morning Mark,
Changing the process to a different material or eliminate a feature in the shop, shouldn't make you change the design of your part, if you are dependent on the features for mates, etc.....
Unless the part change the general shape, I would keep it just like you had it initially. 3D cad is a representation of the item or assembly so you can review your design prior to cutting up all kinds of steel etc, so looking at the screen doesn't tell us how your feature tree looks, who cares if the sheet has sheet metal features in it that you don't use. Now if your part goes from a bent piece to a flat or add gussets etc, that would be a different story,
I was going to ask the same question as Mark. The problem with leaving it as a sheet metal part is that when I add bosses and cuts to the sheet metal, I get meaningless "edges" in the middle of faces. Maybe it's not critical to the finished part, but it's very annoying. And it's likely to confuse the machinist unless I take care to hide those edges in the drawing.
How about suppressing the sheet metal feature in the tree?
I can't speak for Mark, but when I tried this, every other feature got suppressed also. And I couldn't move the sheet metal features down in the tree. Even though the Parent/Child info did not indicate that the other features were children of the sheet metal features.
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