I have a number of dxf files of flattened sheet metal part. I want to import them into Solidworks in order to creat a sheet metal part. Is that possible?
I'm not aware of a feature that can do that. I've done some searching and also couldn't find anything to indicate this is possible. So it will most likely take some manual work.
You could import the DXF and use part of it to sketch a base flange, then import it again at an angle to create edge flanges. That beats redoing the parts completely.
Thanks Peter. That basically what I've been doing up to now. The problem is that it is not very accurate due to the bend allowance etc. I just thought that it will be easy for the Solidworks engine to back- engineer the sheet metal functionality. The way I was hoping for was to import the dxf file and then by entering the plate thickness, bend radius, bend angle and k-factor, to get the original 3d sheet metal part. So, it was a bit of wishful thinking.
Designers usually use some sort of logic in their design.
Perhaps you can fold it up, do some measurements, interpret the measurements and remodel in finished form from scratch.
Thanks. That is more or less what I'm doing, but I was hoping for a quick fix.
The flat pattern must have some indication of where the bends are? put them on another layer so you can import them as a different sketch.
So make the whole flat pattern outline as a tab.
Then use the bend indication lines to make sketched bends.
Now you must measure it up and adjust K factor etc until it measures right - if you are unlucky that wont have an exact solution.
The same bend settings should then hopefully work for your other parts - if you are lucky.
Thanks Gordon. That is a bit of a different twist to what I've been doing so far. I’ll give it a go.
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