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Is it possible to make a sheet metal part that has overlapping opposite bends?

Question asked by Donald Christensen on Sep 14, 2020
Latest reply on Sep 17, 2020 by Donald Christensen

I have a couple parts with overlapping bends that are causing SolidWorks Sheet Metal to throw a fit. In order to hit all the required dimensions in the required material there is no avoiding the bends overlapping like I have shown below (I had to use extrusions to show the issue). The physical material is able to stretch to make the bends (similar to the lofted extrude I used to represent the corner), but I have not been able to get SolidWorks Sheet Metal to get the corner right. Tearing the material is not an issue for the model, though the physical part will not have a bend relief. As for this part, it is difficult to get a flat pattern because SolidWorks Sheet Metal only wants to render on of the bends.

 

I understand that SolidWorks Sheet Metal does not play well when it comes to bending/stretching material in multiple directions, but I thought I would see if there is a feature that I am not aware of.

 

Thanks.

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