Hello to everyone,
I was wondering, if this part can be made in SolidWorks ? It is road safety fence with sheet thicknes 3mm. I've tried with standard sheet metal commands but nothing......
I think what you have to do is multi body. You can do the straight section as sheet metal, but this taper can't be unfolded. You'll need something like Logopress:
If you make it as 3 sheetmetal parts and mate them can't you get a valid flat pattern for each of them? I guess that is what Troy is saying. (I'm on SW2010) I haven't tried it, but I imagine it would work. Then you have 2 consistent sections, and the tapered middle transition area (which can be made a variety of ways - maybe use the Sheetmetal Loft between the 2 profiles).
Are other dimensions tapering besides the 310 to 304 dimension shown? If other dimensions are variable then the ability to flatten the transition area may depend on which ones.
Aria, if you don't need a flat pattern then you can make it as a single part with a single regular Loft feature.
Scott - How do split lines help?
Actually I do not need a flat pattern, because we are producing it for years, but I was just wondering if there is a way to model it as a sheet metal part in SolidWorks.
After all, it is a sheet metal part in real life
It is sheet metal formed by drawing metal.
The SolidWorks Sheet Metal features are for parts that are done on a brake press, or simple forms and wipes, where there is no stretching or compression of metal in 2 directions.
You're absolutelly right Anna.....but maybe some day SW will do that too....
It can be done, but not in one continuous bend. Where you have the two lines indicating the transition you would need notches creating three flanges in this area.
Have you looked into using "split lines". Im not completely positive you will keep the sheet metal functionality, but you can def make that part using split lines.
The new Swept Flange function in SW12 should easily handle that.
Nice info..its easily...
But SW2012 Swept Flange couldn't do the whole part right? It looks like it only uses one profile sketch, like a normal sweep. Need a variable profile.
Good point by Anna, but it made me realize I don't actually know how one draw forms a variable cross section like this. The die is split into pieces that move?
So Aria doesn't need the flat pattern, but I was experimenting with the problem and I thought I'd share the results. I was also able to do the whole parts as a single Loft with 4 profile sketches, but I couldn't convert it to sheetmetal.
For the one I attached (eDrawings file) it is just the transition section and I used the sheetmetal tool Lofted-Bend. I guessed on dimensions.
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