Workflow for sheetmetal weldment shell mesh creation?

Discussion created by 1-1KYWMD on Mar 9, 2009
Latest reply on Mar 10, 2009 by 1-34CXKG
Hello, I'm new to SW Simulation 2009 and would like some direction on the best approach to meshing a sheetmetal weldment with 50 components. We have brought in the solids (and midsurfaces) for the weldment from another CAD system - now what is the best method for welding the components together with SW 2009? Use bonded connections in Simulation? Or are there surfacing tools in SW to create a single part type surface, with no gaps - so the mesh appears fully connected on initial creation? I don't have any surfacing SW experience but would like to learn if this is a good way to go. We will be doing many more sheetmetal weldments like this in the future.

Any input would be much appreciated. I've been trying to use the bond connections in simulation but the gaps can be a bit large, and I don't see a way to do butt welds as it only allows face to edge bonded connections, not edge to edge.