I tried using sheet metal commands, but can't get anywhere. Pro-e can do it and it's driving me nuts that I can't find a way to do it in Solidworks.
Yes it is very easy and straightforward:
-Open SLDPRT directly
-ExtractSrf the exterior of your solid
-UnrollSrf on extracted surface…
-Voila.. see attached result
Could you post a picture or 3d model of the geometry you're trying to flatten?
See attached for the model. Thank you for your help.
BTW: IML applications are becoming very popular and it is necessary to get very accurate die lines. I see a lot of what I'd call work-arounds, but one would think this would be a simple comand driven operation.
With surfaces that don't have compound curvature like your example, I use Rhino. UnrollSrf is your friend. Compound curvature surfaces are another thing and require specialized ($$) algorithms mostly seen in boat and composites design plug-ins. I could unroll this one in Rhino for you if you want.
Alexandre - I will look at getting Rhino. Is this a fairly easy and standard operation? If you could unroll this file, I'd love to see it. Thank you for your help!
Downloaded Rhino. They have a full blown evaluation version that gives 25 free saves. Worked awesome! Showed the boss and was told to buy it. This will work for now, but I gotta believe there's a simple way for Solidworks to do it. Thanks for the tip!
Works for me in SolidWorks Sheet Metal. You just need to use different modeling techniques for this particular label. I used a lofted sheet metal feature.
No trying or guessing here..... I use the SolidWorks Sheet Metal tools everyday. Your particular label is well within its capabilities.
Make sure to set a K-factor that is appropriate for your label to get the correct overall length.
Check again in the flat state. The straight width edge definitely evaluates correctly at 2.0076.
See attached picture of the Measure Command.
My appologies, Anna. I created a drawing and didn't realize it was not on a standard plane. I made a new drawing after I manuvered it onto a plane and re-created the drawing, and viola! I'll need to study your method some more to really get it, but thanks!
Cool.... Glad you are getting it sorted for that label.
Actually - Rhino has another command called Smash for Developed surfaces that seems to work okay in some instances. I've had success and failures (inaccurate flattened state) with it.
Check this if this help Flatten a sticker
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