Can anyone help me convert this part to sheet metal and unfold it, need to make a flat for laser cutting and this one has me stumped!
Firstly, you will need SW2012 to be able to flatten that part ... after it has been split to create a curved strip (the ends cannot be touching at the split) and then converted to a Sheet Metal. You may even have to re-create the part in SW2012 to incorporate the new Swept Flange function.
So there is no way of unfolding that in 2011? What is the new feature in 2012 that would work with this? and what did people do before 2012?
What is the new feature in 2012
what did people do before 2012
The most used method was to create configurations. One for finished form, another for the flat.
ANother method is to extrude the profile as a straight sheet metal part, and then use the Flex tool to form the ring. But a config to suppress the Flex feature was still needed because the Flex is not recognised within the sheet metal mode.
I saw the link to 2012 sweep flange .... will it flatten the sweep feature?
How were you planning on creating the actual part?
My hope was to actually unfold this model with a K factor but you squashed that idea. I guess I will have to draw it in the flat, test bend, then make necessary adjustments?
I meant how are you expecting the actual metal part to be made ... not the SW model?
Do you have special rolling equipment to form the profile and circle, or are you brake-forming in the flat and then wrapping around a cylinder? Either way I imagine retaining a consistent profile will be problematic.
Sorry, we laser cut the blank, weld and grind and then 'spin' form the shape. Very expensive but we are holding ±.005 on the dia. It all works very well, the previous SolidWorks guys here just make flat patterns, test bend then make adjustments for production. I would like to start using the SolidWorks models to get to the flat. This way all the history is in the model and we can go back to old jobs and figure out what we did to get the proper flat.
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