Attached are two files showing how I want to bend a piece of sheet metal. Basically, I want to curl/deform a small section of rolled sheet metal away from the main body. Anyone know how to do this?
That is a good one Steve. I tried several things and the best I could come up with is splitting the top and bottom and using two base flanges. If I interpreted your question correctly you just wanted to bend the ends of the bottom portion. I did put the fixed face in the center of the part in order to make things easier. You can use the Configurations to go from formed to flattened. Or flatten the top or bottom independantly using the sheet metal flatten feature. You can easily alter bends on the lower portion by editing sketch 22 in Base-Flange2.
Edit:... I added another method called funny stuff. You may like this better. No configurations. Uses edge flanges. Just use the sheet metal flatten feature to flatten the entire part. Since I don't know what you wanted for your curved flanges you will have to fiddle with the bend radius and position.
Nice one Dennis!
Thanks Dave.. I just noticed your occupation.. I think I could excel at that. Now if I could just stop laughing.
You'd be amazed how many people think it's serious......
Thank you Dennis and Dave for your replies.
For some reason I cannot un-compress the attached files to see how you managed to accomplish the form I wanted. Following your example though, I managed to split the part, create the top and bottom forms that match what you did, i even managed to merge the two base flanges back into a single piece. Unfortunately I cannot flatten the part, what am i doing wrong?
.... I tried to attach a file, there is no option to do so, sorry
Thank you again,
I honestly don't know why you can't extract the zip file. I just downloaded it and it unzips fine. You managed to attach your original files. You used advanced editor (upper right) and then attached. Aside from that I suspect you have not made the configurations necessary in order to suppress what needs to suppress in order to make it work. I did not use the flatten feature on the one I split (made top and bottom). That will not work. My flat pattern is is actually both the top and bottom unfolded. Here is a screenshot of my feature tree. Note the suppressed features. In my opinion you should use the other method that I used in "funny stuff". In that one you don't have configs and do use the sheet metal flatten feature. funny stuff is the better method. I think you should find a way to extract it even if you have to use another computer to do it.
thank you for all of your help, you have offered a lot of really good ideas. For whatever reason, I cannot get the compressed files to extract on my PC or Mac, very weird. I have tried a few ways to make this work and have failed each time, will have to just fake it.
again, I appreciate the effort, thank you
I'm not sure exactly what others may use but I use "7-zip" for compressed file needs and it has worked faultlessly for me. Perhaps you could give that a go? http://www.7-zip.org/
thank you for the extraction software, I was able to un-compress the file, Funny stuff_db is now a part file but I get an error message when I try to open it, prompting me to call technical support
I will play with it some more and see if I can find out what i am doing wrong.
Maybe with your many attempts at unzipping it previously the file became corrupted in some manner. Can I suggested that perhaps you now try getting a fresh copy of it from this thread and then using 7-zip and see if that helps. You may want to delete all instances of previous attempts from your PC first though mate.
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