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What's the best way to 'mark' a SM part before going flat?

Question asked by Dan Bertschi on Feb 19, 2009
Latest reply on Mar 12, 2009 by Dave Bartholomew
I'm new in SM-land, but after attending Gerald & Wayne's sessions at SWWorld, I'm not as intimidated.

I'd like to add something (lines, surface edges, etc.) in the bent state that will translate into the flat for the purpose of locating (dims on dwgs) items during assembly.

As you can see from the attached pic, the line locations are not always equally spaced around the curve. This is for plate work, but I'm sure someone has tried this in SM.

I've tried creating surface breaks with planes, but encounter errors going flat. I've also tried split lines, with no success.

This is part of a large duct, and stiffeners will be added. It would be great to mark the stiffener locations when designing 'as bent' then have accurate placement markings in the flat.

Cheers!

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