We have several gauge tables, from which we can choose in the sheet metal properties in the feature manager. For instance, we assign a certain k-factor for galvanized steel, using the 'press brake' process, for a range of thicknesses. Other spreadsheets contain data for different materials/bending processes/thickness ranges.
So to answer your question, you can only assign one k-factor per gauge table (as far as I know).
I recommend a free program called 'BendWorks' that I find very helpful in determining k-factor values.
As a followup to your question about the sheet metal gauge table's. How do I take information from the table and push it out the drawing? Either in a custom property or otherwise. I am being asked to have a gauge call out rather than a dimensional thickness on a sheet metal drawing. I can't seem to figure out to push the data from a cell in the gauge table out to either the .sldprt or .slddrw. Any help is greatly appreciated
Has anyone figured out how to do this? This would be great!
Michael and Larry,
I never received notifications of replies on this thread (I think my corporate spam filter blocks a lot of the forum postings). This response is too late to be of use, but I thought I would post anyway.
I haven't found a way to link to the gauge number, but the rest of the information is accessible.
The tables define gauge number, material thickness, bend radius, and K-factor. The thickness is automatically translated to a global variable named "thickness" when the sheet metal feature is created. This global variable can me linked to in a variety of ways and can be used as a variable in a drawing if used in a field in either custom or configuration specific properties of the part.
The thickness, bend radius and K-factor values will also appear if you double-click on the sheet metal feature in the feature manager. From there, you can find out the identifiers (names) of those values. You can then link to them in various fields or equations in the part or drawing.
Thank you very much for the link to BendWorks. I have not yet tried using the program but from the link it is possible to download a 9-page pdf "The fine-art of Sheet Metal Bending". At first glance this appears to be a VERY worthwhile download.
Since it's been more than 2 years, I hesitate to reply. I never got a notification of your comment, else I would have responded.
One of our vendors directed me to this program and information and I'm really glad you found it helpful.