I have some old legacy cad created in a 3D wireframe format. Is it possible in SolidWorks to create a sheetmetal model from this?
You would need to add the Sheet Metal Features first or just model it and add the Sheet Metal Features later.. - it gives you the sketches required to make the part.. - so I would say "Yes"
Bob,.. CadKey (now KeyCreator) could do this... and some of the CAM programs (EdgeCam?.. SurfCam?)...
Otherwise... in SW.. it would be doing a bunch of surface patches, fill, loft, boundary surfaces?
Thanks for the reply. I have Cadkey and I tried to solidify the model, however, whenever I have tried to do this in the past, I get an "ambiguous model" error. Not sure what that means, but Cadkey seems to very picky about what it can handle.
yeah, if you look at the wireframe,.. the original geometry (SMP/IS) had allowed for ztg's and for overlap.. so, the surfaces or solids would need to add clearances for the blends for the .094" thck.
It takes about 15mins to do.. but as I see in the response below, if you're not comfortable using surfaces.. then using SW shtmtl is best.
I believe both you and Paul are correct as far as SolidWorks ability to do the above task. I am choosing yours as the correct answer because it appears to require the least amount of work. Working only in sheetmetal, I have never used surfaces in SolidWorks so I would be lost. On the other hand, I have never had the need to use 3D sketches, so I'm not sure how I would go about doing it your way as well. I think I will just create a new model off some very old drawings. Thanks for the reply.
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