Brad Nolt

flat pattern dimensions

Discussion created by Brad Nolt on Dec 31, 2008
Latest reply on Dec 31, 2008 by Adrian Velazquez
What is the best way to get flat pattern dimensions from a part that was not originally created from a flat sheet? I start all of my sheet metal parts as either an extrusion or a base flange of the finished profile because 99% of the time the outside dimensions of the bent part are the most important. However, on my shop drawing I need to show the size of the flat pattern in my BOM. Right now, I simply put some reference dimensions on the flat pattern in the part document and link them to a column called "sheet size" in my drawing. It seems like there should be a better way to do this.