Is there any possible to save mirror part as editable in sheetmetal??
U can save it as a step file and then recognise futures...it will work for easyer parts
Save the mirror part and convert it to sheet metal.
You can break the link between parent and mirrored part if you want.
I have the same question, but will ask it in a more specific way.
Say I have a tab and 10 flanges 3 x 2 way corners and 2 x three way corners. Can that part be saved as a mirror and still be a tab and 10 flanges that can be edited?
I just came from solid edge where the answer was NO. All of my mirrored parts had to be made from scratch like the part it was a mirror of. My main issue is that I never know where a hole will need to be added. Sometimes to the mirror, sometimes not, and differently than the part it was a mirror of. The goal is to make flat pattern and a drawing of the bent part.
Sure (depending on the version of SolidWorks you are using). When you mirror your part, select "Break link to original part". My recommendation is to then overfile this new part over the old part and make two configurations and suppress the Body-Move/Copy1 feature in one configuration (I also delete the Mirrored Features1 folder). That way both hands are in the same model and no one can say that they forgot to make the same change to the opposite hand. Also, you change the original hand and the opposite hand changes automatically (as long as the features are done above the move/copy feature).
Unless you someday will have an opposite hand, I do not recommend using the mirrored part feature in this fashion. You should always make any model additions or subtractions before the body-move/copy feature. Some users have a hard time envisioning what the part will look like mirrored when working on the non-mirrored version. However, if you are the only person that will be working on them, then it is probably okay (my opinion, not everyone will agree).
My goal is almost always to make mirror of an existing part as a starting point, but downstream will not be related to the starting part. So if I break all the links. Done!
Some of my parts are complex and have 9 bends. I don't want to do that again if I don't have too.
S. Leacox wrote: My goal is almost always to make mirror of an existing part as a starting point, but downstream will not be related to the starting part. So if I break all the links. Done! Some of my parts are complex and have 9 bends. I don't want to do that again if I don't have too.
S. Leacox wrote:
If I may suggest, since you don't need any linkage why not just do a save as copy (or pack n' go) and reverse the bends?
This way, you won't need to bother about which bits got selected with the mirror (see above) and which didn't.
Plus, unlike a mirror, a pack n' go can bring along an existing drawing.
I will give that a try. Thank you. Kevin.
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