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Multiple sheet metal pieces in a weldment; right & left configurations, individual part detail views

Question asked by Charley Leonard on Nov 30, 2011
Latest reply on Dec 2, 2011 by Paul Fey

Ok, Weldment/Sheet metal gurus.  Here’s one for you to chew on.  See attached model.  I have several issues I’d like comments on.  I know other ways to do this, but I’m not excited about any of them for various reasons.  I’m soliciting input on the following:

  1. I’ve got right and left hand versions of this part, using configurations.  I got both working, but as you switch between configurations, the suppressed Sheet-Metal__ and Flat-Pattern__ features multiply rapidly, presumably having something to do with my use of the move-copy feature to create a second bent perforated tab.  Can you suggest a cleaner way to do this?
  2. I’d like to create a drawing – just showing the left-hand version (although the rh version is needed for the assembly model), complete with individual item views (generally I make these using Relative View, specifying the body I want to detail – no problem so far), AND flat patterns (here’s where I’m running into trouble.  I have been able to do this when there is one sheet metal piece, but it seems not to be liking it with this model that has 2; 3 if you count multiples).  Suggestions?
  3. I haven’t upgraded to SW2012, and can’t on this project, but if anyone wants to experiment and/or comment on how it handles these issues, feel free. 

Have fun!