I am making a U-clamp for a pressure gauge and I do not know how to make this U shaped indent. I am not removing material, just bending it. I am still not the strongest in Solidworks (but working on it!).
Jim,, the radius of the arc is going to have to be something larger than your material thickness. Would be the same if you used a form tool. So if the material thickness is 1.8mm then this will work if you make the arc radius 1.81mm.
In the swept flange property manager you can set the radius for the square intersection of the line and arc to as small as you like.
Edit:.. Just wanted to add that I was trying to mimic what I saw in your pics.. You can also just draw a straight line and get something like this.
This looks like the product of a forming tool. These can be used to punch a portion of the sheet metal and deform the rest. This would require that you create a forming tool profile and add it to your library for use.
Attach your file fella....maybe Dennis Bacon could help you, I think this particular must be able by stamp die and after trim
What do you think Ruben??..
My material thickness is .080"
Allways on sheet metal you do able don't ya? Holly cow buddy...you rules....
Thanks Dennis Bacon and Ruben Balderrama for these responses. You guys are fast! I adjusted my sketch of the arch and added the curve (or what I thought I was supposed to add) but I am getting "The sketch is self intersecting. It is not suitable for a swept flange". I know I have something wrong with my arch sketch. I have never used the swept flange so I am not familiar with how it works. Material thickness it 1.8mm.
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