Need to bend a metal name tag to a 30" radius for mounting. Any ideas?
30" would be rolling. Unless you do have a 30" die.
can you attach your model or some screenshots to help convey the specifics of your problem. It sounds relatively easy IMO, (no offense..)
You could use the flex feature, a sheet metal form tool, or just a series of cuts & extrusions depending on the geometry needed and initial tag shape..
Do you have rough dimensions such as length, width, thickness?
Hi David, as Federick mentioned a 30" radius would typically be consider a roll-forming operation. It can however be done as a sheet metal feature in SolidWorks. Simply change the bending radius to 30" or (30" less the material thickness) if 30" is to be your outside radius. It would be difficult to determine the amount, if any, deformation (elongation or deformation of material) for a radius of that dimension, this also hinges on the type and thickness of material of the name tag. Therefore, I would suggest that you set the 'K' factor to 1 (no deformation is taken into account), basically giving you the length of the straight edges + the length of the outer radius.
I hope this helps,
Push it on whatever you are mounting it on and then hit it. Use the thing you are mounting it on as the form. Screw it in quick before it bends back.
Oh, you mean in Solidworks. Just having a little fun.
Maybe these will help?
Rolling Sheet Metal into a circle
Sheet metal bend along curve
ROUND PART FROM FLAT SHEET
Convert round part to sheetmetal
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