I have a part at work that is going to be made in three separate bend operations. Is there a flatten individual bends in a 2-D drawing I tried the fold/unfold commands in the 3-D model but that just mad the current drawing a total mess.
I haven't done this - but first thing I would try is 3 different Configurations.
You will need to create configurations for each different shaped view yo want to create, with the appropriate unfold and fold features suppressed and un-suppressed.
Use the fold/unfold commands, then create one or more new configs in which you show the various states of unfolding. Then go back to the original config and suppress the fold/unfold commands. This should leave all your current views as they are, as long as they reference the original config.
I'm not allowed to make any changes to the parts. Is there a way to do this with out having to remake the whole part?
If you can add fold/unfold commands, then you are changing the part. If you can't use those commands, you might be up a creek.
In that case I would suggest to make a drawing of finished part and on flat pattern denoting bending sequence (and any other details) by adding a note with leader to each bending line.
You can add configs to show different stages.
You can show only one bend in lets say in config "step-1", then second bend (together with first bend) in config "Step-2" and so on
and then you can show the finished part with dimensions on first sheet and on second sheet you can show different stages of bending.
Edited text: I just missed fold/unfold thing. If you have created bends in 3D in correct order you may not need to do fold/unfold, jus keep further steps suppressed in each configuration.
You will have to create configurations as Mr. Mather first suggested, but adding fold and unfold operations aren't necessary.
Create your configurations with "Flatten" turned on and suppress/unsuppress the bends in "Flat-Pattern" that correspond to what's required for the current configuration:
Add the flat pattern view to your drawing and select the configuration required:
I hope this helps.
How about adding a bend table and sort the bends in the required order?
Please take a look at this thread: Animate folding of Sheet Metal bends
It will automatically create dependent configurations with successive bends using the first macro he discusses. Perhaps this is just what you are looking for.
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