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How to flatten sweep flange sheet metal with concentric cylinders?

Question asked by Louise Yi on Apr 9, 2020
Latest reply on Apr 13, 2020 by Krzysztof Szpakowski

I want to create a sheet metal part consisting of two concentric cylinders using sweep feature like this:

But I don't know how to flatten it. If the transition between cylinders is vertical, the flatten will fail.

If I set the transition as conical, it can be flattened but the result looks weird.


Actually, I also don't understand the official example of this feature.

2019 SOLIDWORKS Help - Swept Flanges for Conical and Cylindrical Bodies 

I think the flattened sheet should look like the following sketch, as the radius and arc length of the upper and lower side of the cylinder should be the same. Is it because it includes the deformation of the metal?


So how to flatten a sweep flange properly? Or is there any other method to create and flatten two concentric cylinders in sheet metal? Thanks