If anyone can help: I need to fill up the area between the edge flanges and along the curved edge; I don't think SW allows that curved flange to be created, how can I work this out?
Absolutely right that Solidworks currently will not allow for addition of the flange on the lofted curved end of your model.
Even if it were allowed the part would be almost impossible to produce without special tooling.
I think in the modelling of this part you have also failed to see that the edge flanges modelled are not in the same plane
as the initial loft sketches. I dont think that this is part of design intent because if you intended filling the curved edges you
would have ideally liked the end faces all planar.
I have corrected your model and added the curved ends in. This part is now capable of being produced using
normal manufacturing techniques. Alternatively the curved ribs on either ends could be modelled as separate pieces to optimally fill in the ends.
Also please note that certain amount of discipline and uniformity has to be applied when using standard feature settings.
Edge Flange - trim bends at end , inside outside bends , these were inconsistently used.
You can create it using regular soliding modeling features. However you will not be able to flatten it in SolidWorks, which is the real question I think you are asking. How to create the edge flange and have the sheet metal part flatten?
SW can only flatten simple bends and wipes like you would create in a brake press operation. What you want requires part deformation, stretching/drawing of the metal in multiple directions.
For flat blank development of these types of parts you would use an add-in progam such as Logopress3 or BlankWorks.
You can also use old fashion manual drafting methods to calculate the flat blank.
As a model Pankaj solution works fine, but if I was to be making that part I would be looking to make in 3 parts to cut down waste.
The 2 arcs/flanges would be welded on after forming the main body.
It is the alternative solution indicated in my earlier post.
Hi Pankaj Bir,
thank you to understand better the sheetmetal world with your practical example.
Please remain connected to the SolidWorks forum, because yours capabilities are very very useful and appreciated.
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