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Breaking solid body (part) into many cross-section pieces for laser-cutting

Question asked by Kaelin Laundry on May 23, 2017
Latest reply on May 24, 2017 by Jeremiah Feist

I've modeled a solid body (as a revolution with some later extruded cuts). My goal is to laser-cut the individual layers of this shape and then secure them together to build the full shape. I've done fabrication of this variety before, but generally I have only needed a few layers for the particular projects I was working on. In this case, I expect to need 60+, so manual production of these designs isn't practical.

 

I'm looking for a way to use SolidWorks to generate the individual cross-sections with as little manual intervention as possible. Preferably, I'd choose a plane and specify an offset/count and be able to produce either individual parts or raw sketches in some form for each step in that progression. Is there an existing way to do this in SolidWorks 2016? Might it require scripting?

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