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Add bends to sheet metal tube

Question asked by 1-D7UY6Q on Jul 22, 2010
Latest reply on Jul 23, 2010 by Jerry Steiger

Hi all,

I have a tubular part which I modelled using regular feature based modelling techniques (see 'target' image attached). However, I'd like to create this part in sheet metal as I need a flat pattern for the laser cutting process that will eventually machine the part. I've gotten pretty close (see 'sheet metal part' image attached), but I'm a little stuck on how I would add the two horizontal tabs. I want to add bends along the red lines indicated on the image, but SolidWorks cannot add bends here as the face is non-planar.

Can anyone suggest a method with which I could create these tabs in sheet metal? I'm pretty new to sheet metal, so any help anyone could off would be much appreciated.

Thanks in advance!