Can I make this part using the sheet metal option and the forming tool so I can make a flat layout?
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Todd Schellpfeffer wrote: Once you unroll the part after adding the segments it errors out.
Todd Schellpfeffer wrote:
Once you unroll the part after adding the segments it errors out.
Can you make the part rolled then unroll it before inserting the parts. You would then add the parts in the flat pattern and reroll the part. What I have had to do in extreme cases is to make two sets of segments. If you insert the segments in the rolled state then suppress them in the flat pattern and add new segments in the flat that would be suppressed in the formed state. I dislike doing this because you have to take care not to update the model in one state and forget to update the other state. But you might be able to use relations that would make the updates automatic.
I don't have time to attempt it today but if you attach the part maybe someone here would have the time to attempt solving your problem.
I have not used the forming tool so I can not address that aspect. But if you place a small (think .05" long) flat segment of one side of the split you can create the initial rolled part. Then using the flat segment you can Un-fold the rolled part, make any cuts and, I think, insert the formed options and then Re-fold to have the part in the desired shaape. This will then allow the flat pattern. I believe.
Found out I don't need to send the vendor a layout so I can just make the formed view.
Thanks for your help!
Your file is not a Sheet Metal file. It is a solid modeling file.
I'll give it a try!
As long as my finding Sheet Metal property is lost with the addition of a form tool.
When do the dimples go in? Pre-roll? Post-roll?
Pre-roll will make rolling problematic as these are close together, they interfere with the roll, make for a non-uniform roll, they won't maintain their shape and their 4 sides are strengthening ribs exacerbating the distortion.
And I doubt the dimples will roll with the radius as modelled. They'll try to remain as stamped-linear, being toughened up with a little cold working, eventually puckering up and yielding at a given spot (or two) to relieve the pressure.
Post-roll, it doesn't look like there's enough room for a good enough smackin'.
Other than the dimples, it's no problem to model this as sheet metal.
Also, try to start out with sheet metal and add sheet metal features instead of using "regular" 3D tools and relying on a 99 yard Hail Mary conversion.
Good call Kevin,
I will need to find out when the dimples will be added.
I think if its pre-rolling I will need to make up 2 separate configurations one with the dimples in the flat and one with them in the formed.
Thanks for your help.
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