To Convert solid body to sheet metal, SOLIDWORKS has 2 solutions using "Converd to Sheet Metal" or "Insert Bends"
I gauss 2commands have almost same functions.
I want to know how to use the two functions properly.
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Hi Kazuki Takahashi,
I think there's a main difference between the functions, except when you start with a flat solid plane.
Otherwise, the convert to sheetmetal allows you to transform a (complex) solid into a sheetmetal part.
see for reference: 2021 SOLIDWORKS Help - Converting a Solid Part to a Sheet Metal Part
Hope this answers your question.
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I don't have insert bends (using SW 2020 here), I believe they changed it to Base flange and convert to sheet metal now, as well as swept flange. The main difference is what you already have modeled when your going to convert it to a sheet metal part. If you know your going to make a sheet metal part and your starting with nothing but planes it's best to use base flange (I believe insert bends is similar in older versions). If you have a part modeled already and then decide to turn it into a sheet metal part then you can use convert to sheet metal.
To me, it's much easier and tends to work better to start with a sheet metal part and build it up, as opposed to creating a complex solid then converting it.
When I started learning / using SWX back in 2001, the only way to create a SM part (with flat pattern) was the feature "Insert Bends". So the way was:
- create a solid body
- add a wall thickness with "Shell"
- open the edges with "Rip"
- use "Insert Bends" to make a SM part of it
Nowadays we have different options to create an SM part in SWX. It depends on the geometry / characteristics, wich feature is straightforward...
"Convert to Sheet Metal" is the feature I go for, when a body has different angles wich makes it very complicated to model the miters.
"Insert bends" still exists to maintain compatiblity with older parts...
Thank you for your easy-to-understand answer.
My question was completely resolved.
You're welcome. Glad I could help...
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