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Configurations for sheet metal?

Question asked by Scott Leacox on Nov 8, 2018
Latest reply on Nov 12, 2018 by Scott Leacox

Attached is a file I created that uses configurations for AISC channels.

 

I'm wondering if the same approach could be used to configure sheet metal once I get upgraded to SW2018 from SW2017

I think this becomes possible in 2018 because I believe bend radius is able to be a global variable.

 

My goal is to make everything about sheet metal a single choice:

Bend radius

Thickness

Material (weight, look (including floor plate), proper values for possible FEA)

Custom field for material number

I can live with the K factor always being 0.33 or manually edited when needed.

 

This would be a huge upgrade from my current best solution of using:

Gauge table

Material choice

Manually entry of a material number

 

With my current method, the chance of making a mistake is huge because all three items always have to be edited if a part changes from say 12 gauge carbon to 12 gauge stainless.

 

The only cost would be setting up the one file, and that all sheet metal designs would have to start using that one file.

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