I'm trying to make a slice cut in sheet metal, but I can't seem to find a way to do it. I could make a slot with a small height, but I'm trying to just slice cut a section (height = 0). Can this be done?
That helps a bit in understanding what you want. Are you wanting to cut the part with a line? Split the part into multiple parts Could use the split feature for that)? Apparently just sketching on the part is not what you want. Do you expect to add or remove material?
Could you sketch something up and attach a screenshot of what you have planned?
Maybe a Cut-Extrude-Thin? Obviously some material is removed but not much.
Are talking about just splitting the surface? This is with a split line.
If this is something like what you are after you do have to make sure that merge faces is unchecked.
I don't think I'm trying to split the surface (into multiple ones). I'm just trying to make a straight line cut on the face, in the centre offset from the edges.
I am assuming you are wanting to just make a cut with "0" width. I am not aware of a way to do this. We often slit (perforate) our sheet metal components so that we can bend them by hand. The only way I have been able to do this is by making a cut extrude with a small amount of width. Our laser programming department deletes this geometry and puts a single line for the laser to cut manually.
why not just adding a sketch with this single line? It will be included in the DXF export as well and nothing has to be deleted or replaced?!
Heiko, we tried that for awhile but our laser and press brake programming is processed using the native Solidworks parts and not exported to dxf. The guys would be confused on what sketches were needing cut and what wasn't. We combatted that problem by saying only cut geometry and they look for the thin cuts.
We are using TopsWorks and TruTops from Trumpf to program.
That will make things a lot easier.
Your are able to define (via context menu) how a sketch should be used. See the following 3 screenshots:
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