Why can't SolidWorks flatten this when the ends end in a point, but when I dont cut it all the way down but leave a small vertical line instead it works fine? Is it impossible to have the part end in a point?
Andre, this is kind of a "known issue"...you need that straight edge. What I usually do is just shorten it down to a really small dimension (like 0.01")...since we don't work with extremely tight tolerances, this fix works perfectly for us...
I also checked this. Mine start crashing after clicking on flatten.
Got the same problem.
A lofted sheet metal feature will do this however.
1. extrude arc with thin feature.
2. Draw a line, extrude cut, to create a slice.
3. Create sketch on each end face doing a convert on the edge.
4. sheet metal loft then worked.
Of course this is a workaround. You'll need to check if this produces what you want.
We tried to use lofted bends but then the top and bottom plane of the part are not parrallel anymore. Thanks for the suggestion its a good workaround.
yes we use a small value as well just wondered why solidworks cant flatten the parts we really want
Andre, I believe this is a software limitation.
After a quick search in the enhancement requests, I found there is an SPR that seems to address this same problem.
SPR 535893 - Ability to flatten a part having no straight edge or planer face.
The customer impact is currently set to medium, if you would like to see this fixed soon, you can vote on this SPR by clicking the link below, filling in the "*required fields" and clicking the "Save Details and Vote for This Enhancement" button.
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