I've had to dust off my sheet metal skills and have a need to roll a 1/4" sheet that has a series of 'grooves'. It seems like I've done this before but my mind must be going. Any suggestions as to how I can show this in my flat? -Dan
Sheet metal parts in Solidworks can only handle material that is one continues thickness.
How about using the SolidWorks Forming Tools?
Those show up in the flat pattern nicely.
Well, without spending more time on this... I realize you can cut 'thru' a bend in sheet metal but can not cut to a 'depth'. I'm not sure if the form tool result would be what I am looking for in the formed state (milled grooves). I went with configurations to get what I want for a drawing. I may have to revisit this when I have more time. Happy Holidays to all!!!
Create another part and use it to combine and remove the grooves. Place it below the flatten feature in the FM.
Rather than use Sheet Metal, you might want to make the part in the flat and then use the Flex or Deform features to generate the bent part.
Jerry Steiger (who hasn't actually used either of those features other than playing around)
I was able to resolve what I needed using configurations to get a drawing showing rolled and flat views as described in my last post. Thanks for all the suggestions.
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