Hi, I'm new to sheet metal in SW, and have created a drawing from a model of a sheet metal part. I'd rather not have the drawing change when I suppress/unsupress Flat-Pattern1.
Can this be done?
The proper method is to have a view on your drawing of the formed version configuration, and a flat pattern view of the flat configuration. Whenever you are working on the model, a good habit is if you want to check to see if it will flatten, click the button on the CM bar. Then when you see that it does, click it again to go back to the formed version. That way you are less likely to get your flat and formed configs messed up, and your drawing will be fine.
Yes ... don't suppress/unsupress Flat-pattern1.
Seriously! When a drawing of a Sheet Metal part is created, SW generates a Flat Pattern configuration, and that is what should be referenced in the drawing view. You should have no need to change the suppression state of Flat-pattern1.
I'm not sure if I explained myself properly. My problem is that the flat pattern in my drawing won't stay flat when Flat-Pattern1 is suppressed. So in order for my drawing to print properly I have to go into the part and unsupress it. None of the formed views are affected.
I'm still not sure if I've explained this properly.
I designed my sheet metal model and made a drawing from it. I dragged formed views from the view palette to sheet1, then added a second sheet for the flattened view. I flipped back and forth between the windows and everything was fine: my model was still formed, and the flat view on my drawing was flat. I saved everything, then called it a day. The next day I opened the part file and my part was flat! Flat-Pattern1 was unsupressed. So I supressed it and opened my drawing and the flat view was formed!
Message was edited by: Jim Hart
It sounds to me like your drawing is not referencing the two different configs in the model. Go to your drawing view of the flat pattern and direct it to look at the flat pattern config of the model. In the flat pattern config in the model, make sure that it is flat and hasn't been changed to formed. Should be fine then. If not, post the model and drawing here and I will look at it for you.
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