I'm not sure if this can be done in sheet metal. I need to take a strip of metal, thin about .060 thick, 12 in long, 2 in wide, two holes in each end so you can bend it into a circle and bolt it together. WHAT WOULD BE THE BEST WAY TO DO THIS?
I would draw your curve, you'll probably have to use a spline on two planes your thickness apart since you want it to over lap, and then use lofted-bend. You can select the the thickness. After can then extrude a hole through, if you want you can do it in the rolled state or flattened state.
Sheet metal - overlap the ends..
sheet metal based on some kind of spiral?
4 partial arcs here - overlapping section concentric, rest tangent
edit: couldn't resist continuing,, in that dodgy metric
Couldn't you use the Spiral Tool?
And make the pitch the thickness of your sheet metal
Then extrude/thicken/convert to sheet metal. Or whatever...
Sheet metal looks a splines and refuses to work, goes on strike etc...
I've used Lofted Bend between two spline sketches on different planes, and it worked fine, was even able to give me a flat pattern as well.
That would definitely be the way to go, I just don't understand why my part didn't throw an error - sheet metals there, just don't flatten..
wasn't sure if sheet can unbend a spiral? + think you need a phd to work out path length of spiral.. beyond me
I would definitely use this for a sketch controller, in other words create the spline and split into sections, then make it a construction line then add circles that are related with three points, but because of the helix nature you should have at least 4 circle sketches that are trimmed to flow within the spline..
Here's another way
Attached is a 2017 part, I can use Sheet Metal to do the base extrude but it doesn't want to flatten - maybe Frank Ruepp could chime in... I know you can't use any spline sketches, however I used arcs to develop the final sketch...
I had a look at your part and there are a couple of things. Basically you can create two different types of base flanges:
I hope this has shed some light into the obscurity of sheet metal.
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Thanks for the explanation Frank Ruepp
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