I am trying to make a tab and slot feature follow a bend, but it seems to be impossible, is it me how are doing something wrong or is the feature not made for this? alternative is there a work around for the feature?
A workaround might be to use the above method and then use the combine feature to punch the slots into the underlying sheet.
I have attached a file with this workaround.
Unfortunately not, you must select a linear edge for tab and slot.
thank you Lewis
If you try to use the unfold option to flatten the bend then > add tab and slot then > fold the bend again you will find that the tab features will fold but the slots will not follow.
Nice Work around. Yhank you so much for your help
No problem. Only thing to watch out for is that when you use the combine tool on sheet metal, the body which you define as the Main body will lose it's sheet metal properties and appear as a solid body in the cut-list. You could use the convert to sheet metal tool to convert it back.
Feel free to mark one of my response's as the solution for others to benefit from.
What is the purpose of using Body-Move/copy.
The move/copy body feature is used to copy in place the vertical body with the tabs on it.
This then gives you two identical vertical bodies.
One is left alone (the original)
and the other is used within the combine command (the copy)
The combine command will leave the main body and absorb/delete the body which is used to form the subtraction operation.
If you used the combine tool without first making a copy of your vertical body then you would lose it.
So the easiest way to avoid that is to copy it in place through the move/copy bodies tool.
I am able to model without Body-Move/copy. Purpose of using Body-Move/copy is not clear. It is only indicating a copy in FM Design Tree.
What is reason of having two features of Tab and Slot?
Okay I can understand.
It's a good question.
So far all I can think of is that it is because:
They are on separate bodies
One adds and the other removes material
It allows you to suppress the slot feature
If I can think of anything else I will post
Thanks for the explanation.
Is my understanding correct that this feature can only be used with multi-body parts and not between separate sheetmetal parts? If so that will end my investigation into this great new feature and I will go back to doing things the old way.
Thankfully SOLIDWORKS have gifted us with the ability to use the tab and slot feature between separate sheet metal parts in an assembly which means it will be of use to you
"This feature is available in all parts, not just sheet metal parts. You can use it in single bodies, multibodies, and parts in the context of an assembly."
See the SOLIDWORKS Help for more details:
2018 SOLIDWORKS Help - Tab and Slot
Fabulous! We had some guys at a VAR demo a couple of weeks ago and came back with the news that it was only for multi-body parts and that shot down our plans to investigate further.
Now to get moved to 2018.
Sorry to hear that you were mis-informed, make sure to feed this back to your VAR
So that you are in no doubt, here it is:
Time to upgrade then and you can enjoy the benefits of tab & slot
Hope it helps.
Just came across the following on the What's New 2019 PDF:
Where have you found whats new 2019?
I did not think it was released in yet?
I got the link here.
It's only a link to What's New in 2019 Beta
ok thank you so much
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