How do I draw the object in the photo? Extruding with Draft On doesn't work since it expands the top and bottom as well, and I need it to be flat at the top and bottom.
i can see another sketch in your part. Extrude this one upwards as a solid body. Split the upper surface, then use "convert to sheet metal" to create a thin sheet metal part wich can be unfolded.
Of course, a Loft will work … as well as many other ways.
Are they easier / faster / offer some other benefits?
I've described it this way, because the first sketch already exists in his part.
Attach the *.sldprt of your attempt here.
I'd take another approach and since you're learning the tool, this is usually the easiest way to show simple (or the simplest way to show easy). Just make a few Edge Flanges (I've renamed mine).
Steve Calvert wrote: I'd take another approach and since you're learning the tool, this is usually the easiest way to show simple (or the simplest way to show easy). Just make a few Edge Flanges (I've renamed mine). Steve C
Steve Calvert wrote:
I will second Mr. Calvert's recommendation of starting with a base flange and using sheet metal operations from there as opposed to a conversion from solid.
Not that a conversion is necessarily bad, but unless you understand sheet metal (and using these sheet metal tools with help with this), starting with a solid can lead you down a path where the conversion isn't a practical sheet metal part. I've seen this numerous times.
That typed, I believe the "RIGHT VERTICAL" and "LEFT VERTICAL" edge flanges ops above would be better served as one operation as they're both the same flange, only on different edges.
Also, the last flange can be mirrored.
Also, the folded bracket in "V Bracket.jpg" is flush top and bottom, so Mr. Sohnsolz's converted extrude is correct for this requirement.
This won't happen by default with the sheet metal tools method. The last flange will be square to its vertical flange and it will be outboard at the wide end and inboard at the narrow end.
This is easily remedied by modifying the flange's sketch and then mirroring the flange to the other side, which is also easy because you modelled this about the origin, right...Right?.
A good exercise, so give it a go.
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