I am trying to create a sheet metal part with some louvers in the center bent at 45-60 degrees( see attached model of flat pattern), How do I twist/deform just the center louver?
Sorry future version so I can't open it. The only thing I might could suggest is rotate your tool to the angle you want on that particular row.
Model that center area as separate body (either rotated or rotate later). And then add a lofted connection between outer and center area to create the twist twist in sheetmetal .
Try this, you'll need to adjust the k-factor for the 2 bends to equal the flat if it were done with a single bend.
I added a second one I may have miss understood what you wanted, the second one I used 2 configurations
to show the part before and after louver was done.
I don't know if is correct like this.
Could you draw something by hand to has some idea?
from what I understand
try the att. model
hope this helps get you started - have a good'n kelef
I don't have an answer, but I think I can clarify the question here. He is asking how to twist the metal that is the thread in the middle of the louver. This results in metal bent two ways, never an easy thing. Using the image from Kelaf Man's post, how can the louver be made flat, and the metal between the louver and panel be twisted.
use a forming tool?
Using any tool, any method. How does one created a twisted portion of sheet metal in the middle of a flat.
What is implied here is that the part is sheet metal and still creates a flat pattern.
Not a true Sheet metal Part, but you can get Flat pattern from it. take a look, 2 configs.
Cool Andreas. I downloaded your file and will take a look when I have more time.
It sounds like it's a part that will flatten and not a true sheet metal part. I will take from this that it is impossible to make a true sheet metal part have a twist in it.
Really what I am getting at, is if, I have an existing sheet metal design, there is no way to add a twist to any of the part. The exception of course are close corners and using flange from a tab with radius in the corner. But those two cases are different than trying to add a true twist. Only related because its the age old problem of bending sheet metal in more than one direction.
Is there some reason you're not using a forming tool?
SolidWorks has sample forming tools for this right in the design library.
I'm always on the lookout for tools that allow sheet metal to be bent two ways. I have already used the forming tool for a few cases.
I have yet to make the transition from Solid Edge to Solid Works for daily production. So I am here just fishing for idea's, tools, and methods for when I do start doing production in Solid Works. The transition will take about five years.
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