Could somebody please help? Feeling like a idiot, but this is driving me crazy.
I already have a work-around solution for this, but is it possible for solidworks to trim these unnecessary material when you flatten the part?
Im not quite sure that its possible to get the end result like that,.
If you look at the sigmanest workaround you did you will see that if you unfold itthere is a gap
The problem here was that I did not start out with the flat pattern. I used the miter flange function to create the bending lips, but I was forced to make an offset. If you look at the drawing below you will see that SW created a large area that I modified in sigmanest to fit the client's needs.
Personally I can work around this, but what happens is that sometimes we have to "fix" a client's files that contain similar problems. This specific job was just a very clear indication of this problem.
I by no means am a sheert metal expert. I have used it a couple of times, but what I do
know is you should be able to to straight extruded cuts to get what you are looking for.
The problem comes when you undo the flat pattern, it will more then likely suppress the
cut feature. I have worked around that by creating configs and maybe that is youe work around
Hope this helps.
Thanks for the advice. My method is a bit laborious using 2 different types of software. That is why I could not recommend it to our clients.
The only other option I can see is that you have the draw the part as a solid, modifying the part as required and then convert it to sheet metal at the end.
Thanks for the help guys. I really appreciate it.
One way of achieving this is to unfold the bends in SolidWorks, then do a cut extrude on the unfolded bends, then refold the bends. You can do all this with the sheetmetal tools. The angle at which you will cut it will be 90deg to that of the main profile.
Oh yes.. in the cut extrude options, remember to tick the option that says "Link to thickness". That way you won't get any surprises cutting through other sections of the part
This would seem to be the quickest way to do this. I've tried it before, but I actually did forget the "link to material thickness" tab.
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