Racking my brain trying to flatten our customers part.
Had them do it but , the length was too short.
It's not round , it's like an eclipse.
Any help would be appreciated.
You have a couple of options Bob. The easiest is if you have SW Premium you can use the Surface Flatten tool on it. In order to get the correct length you may have to offset the surface to what is the neutral fiber of the part.
If you want a sheet metal part you cannot convert the step file geometry. You can reconstruct (copy) the step file using the sheet metal loft feature. This does take some know how, but now you can change the k-factor to your liking. Or if you know the exact length of what you need you can use the bend allowance..
This screenshot is with the imported geometry in Red and the sheet metal loft in Yellow. You can see everything matches up.
The trickiest portion of this is how the loft sketches are done and cutting the holes. Fortunately this is a simple part so that goes rather quickly.
This is great.
Thank you so much for the info and the file.
I only have the standard version and although I've been using it for a while i don't come across too many parts like this but it
looks like i need to learn the lofted bend method.
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