It might sound a basic question, but how can I bend a sheet metal along a certain odd shape curve, similar to extrusion but will be sheet metal that can be flattened? SW2006.
You can't without 'cheating'.
I did not quite understand the suggestion, I was not able to open the files as I have SW2006 and am not familiar with flex. I was thinking maybe there is something similar to what Solid Edge has, if I remember well, where you can create a sheet metal "extrusion" similar to a normal extrusion. I could not go to the link you mentioned.
An open 'extrusion' can be created as a sheet metal part provided the material thickness is constant.
Perhaps we are talking about different things here. I am picturing an extrusion which is subsequently curved ... simlar to a bicycle wheel.
Post an image of what you are trying to create to avoid confusion.
Does SW2006 have the Flex function?
I am attaching one sample of this kind of bending, the large radius curve. My question is generally how to bend or extrude a sheet metal along an odd shape curve, could be any shape. SW2006 does have the flex but I am not familiar with it.
If that is just a straight extrusion (as would be created on a standard press brake, just sketch the complete profile to be extruded as a sheet metal part.
1) Click the Base Flange/Tab on the Sheet Metal toolbar
2) Select a plane
3) Sketch the profile (single line only required ... not the thickness)
4) Exit the sketch
5) Set the sheet metal parameters (thicknes, bend rad, K-factor and length)
6) Click the green check mark
Thanks Kelvin. That was it. I noticed we cannot use for example Spline to create this sheet metal extrusion. Why? What are the limitations on the sketch? Is it related to the way it is fabricated?
The sheet metal functions follow the basic capabilities of a press brake ... so yes, it is related to fabrication method.
As far as I know, a spline cannot be used in sheet metal because it would be very difficult (if not impossible) to create using a press brake.
Thanks Kelvin, I understand the limitations.
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