You can't unfold that in any sheet metal program I know of. This part can exist in it's form but the method of creating it won't be a normal sheet metal break press of any kind. The part will have to be formed. It's pretty though...
I haven't used Blankworks but this part can only be made by forming it so I really don't understand why we talked about flattening something that cannot be flatten. Now, having said all this, at some point if this part is to be made it will have to start with some kind of sheet prior to forming but I don't think this is what he is after.
This part would either be a deep draw or a spun part - both of which would start with a flat plate. Those with that kind of experience would be able to suggest the proper software tools better than I could.
The cheapest code block that will do it is Pilot3d.
3d Quick Press with QuickForm
With 3d quick press you will have to buy the Quick Form to handle deep drawn or shallow drawn or parts
with any localized draw operations. The core module of Quick Form is from a French Company.
I think with LogoPress it is the same. Logo Press is a French Company.
You could also utilize the pay per part service of LogoPress. They will send you the flattened geometry on
per part basis.
These add ins cost at least USD 4500 plus on an average.
Pilot3d is not very user friendly. But it gets the job done in multiple ways. Only 69 USD.
Even stripping the part if it is a nearly developable surface interactively. To give you a series of developments that
can be TIG welded at the seams with a combination of hand and machine forming.
Alternatively you get an FEM analysis to as closely approximate and optimize the blank that you need for the forming
There are lot of recent postings that fall into the category of nearly developable surfaces. These can benefit from the
capability of Pilot3d.
Ideal for running a small batch of parts without expensive tooling or for providing a useful input
to a skilled technician who can combine the press brake with a bit of hand forming to achieve the desired result.
All in all you at the very least have a way of converting the 3d data into a flat pattern that can be then used in the shop to
manufacture the part. That's the thing unique to sheet metal design. You have to start with a flat.
You're job is only half done when you generate a 3d model that cannot be flattened.
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