i want sheet metal flat development size in my bill of material, can any one tell me it is possible with solid works or not?
Have you tried linking it to a custom property or a configuration custom property?
Create Custom Property for each dimension you want to use then link that property into you BOM.
I use "Length: defined as "D1@Sketch1" x "d1@extrude1" for rods, for instance. You can even make this your raw material reference.
You can put this in a BOM or a drawing note.
You can put the flat development size of sheet metal parts in your BOM. There are several ways to do this, and you must decide which you want to do.
If you have 2011, then you could add two reference dimensions to the bounding box. You could then make a configuration specific custom property which links to each dimension, then you can create an Excel based BOM which combines these two custom properties to give you a length and width.
This methods is not without problems. first, I have been unsuccessful in renaming the two dimensions. They are RD1@annotations and RD2@annotations ; However if there is already a reference dimension, then the names will not be consistent, and can cause issues when trying to manage many drawings.
You are also required to use an Excel Based BOM so you can combine two cells.
Also, there is no size control. You might get width x length one time, then length x width next time.
A different option: (The actual one we use at Great Western) is a custom macro.
In the macro the size of the sheetmetal part is determined, then increased to the nearest whole number in size. We also take the material and thickness into account when making the description. The macro then modifies or creates a configuration specific custom property which includes this information.
Ours looks like this:
Material: SHEET ST STEEL 304
MaterialDescription: 10GA 21 x 65 ( 53.75 LBS)
With a macro you can manipulate the data with much greater flexability. Also it can also work with older modeling styles if you write the macro accordingly.
Please Note: This type of macro is not an easy macro! It sounds easy but you can not guarantee the part will flatten in an orthographic plane. To get good data from this, you must utilize math transforms, and they are not intuitive.
do u have any video related to this.
SolidWorks has changed quite a bit since this question was originally asked back in 2011. Please provide example (screenshot?) of what you are trying to do.
One thing I've found is to do the following:
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