How do I make this cut and bend ?
If you're going to need it just one time, then create a cut out in the area. Then add a flange will full face fillet.
If you're simply modelling it yea, but if you send that out to the shop floor you may not be the favourite of the day though
Of course, if its a one off the price of the forming tool is not going to make any friends either.
Add a cutout similar to this:
Then add a sketch bend:
Is this a modelling exercise only, or are you modelling for production? If for production, what quantities. What tolerance do you require. A forming tool in my opinion would be best if you're going to do multiples of these as they're quick and accurate. Kevin Pymm shows a good method for low volume.
if for production, also consider if this will be punched or laser cut. or if the workshop has a hybrid machine.
This is a part we have made for years but never had any good drawings on.
I want to make a new part with configurations on all the different sizes we produce and we need new drawings.
I just want an accurate part I can fold and unfold, I don't have much experience with form tools or the design library. Can anyone suggest some good tutorials ?
Could you post picture of actual parts as that might give more ideas.
Deepak Gupta wrote: Could you post picture of actual parts as that might give more ideas.
Deepak Gupta wrote:
In addition, how about posting your model with information on the different sizes.
But Bjorn Hulman asked some good questions that deserve answers: Volume and current production methods. Modelling this is easy, but the manufacturing method and volume has to really be considered to know if a forming tool is the best way or not.
Only the lenght varies.
Here is a picture of the whole part.
This part is made with three simple puncing tools, but I don't see how the production method affects the way of drawing the part ?
Of course the part consists in several stages such as folded and unfolded but I normally control that with configurations.
Victor Fagerlund, we don't have your model to query so we don't know what thickness of material you are using nor how big the tab is. How about posting the model?
It is not totally clear if you are currently making this part including the bent tab or not. Your original post simply asked "How do I make this cut and bend?" Can we assume since you are showing it in a screenshot of a SWX part that you are asking how to manufacture the tab because it appears you have already modeled it? Your post of the 22nd states "This part is made with three simple puncing tools, but I don't see how the production method affects the way of drawing the part ?" which makes me wonder if you are in fact asking how to model the feature in SWX. So just exactly what is it you want to know, how to model the feature or how to manufacture it?
You have just now told us the part is made with punching tools. That can be done for quantities of one or 1M, but the bent tab, especially if it is anything custom, probably would not be done on a punch press for a quantity of only a couple. Really, we are trying to help you and our questions are not frivolous.
I'm sorry if things have been unclear. I just want to know how I model this. We have manufactured this part fo years. The attached picture from SW is a screenshot of a part a former employee did 10 years ago - he obviously didn't know how to work in sheetmetal because it is made up of 4 individual parts.
I have to make a new set of drawings of this part, and therefore I have to model a new one from scratch.
I hope that makes sense :-)
I do not see anywhere in this thread where you state what version of SolidWorks you are using.
If you attached the actual *.sldprt file (saved in your current release) you would likely get a revised (probably several) solution within an hour or two. (By now you would have solutions using Form tool and solutions without Form tool. You would probably have configurations easy to modify for any size you want.)
I would be reluctant to spend more time on this than it took me to type these words - only to be told that you can't open my "solution" because you use an earlier release.
I hope that makes logical sense.
Edit: Also, since your SolidWorks model was made by an inexperienced person and does not match your manufactured part - some images of the actual part would be useful in generating the best digital model.
I hope that makes logical sense as well.
Bjorn is correct, here we call it lance and form. I believe Wilson Tool could make the tool only I believe the forming height in the turret is limited to about .80 Inches.
I almost forgot to that as others have mentioned in drawing/modeling the part you will need at least a .001 gap so the part wil flatten.
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