Has anyone got any ideas on how to convert this to a sheet metal part that can be flattened? I think the trouble is that it is not a cylindrical shape when viewed from the top - it is actually an ellipse.
Good morning Gavin,
I was afraid your going to ask me
I took your part and put it in an assembly, than added a new part which is the one I have posted. First I sketched an elispe on a end plane and then I inserted another plane at the over all length of your part and converted the entities from the first sketch. Than I used the Lofted Sheet Metal feature to create the shape.
Than I selected the scrolled edges of your part and did the cut extrude, one at a time, however the large section I had to do it in two different operation, I have no idea why!!
This would only be a must happen scenario if you get a part from a client and you need to copy it exactly.
Because it was a challenge doing it the way I mentioned, I was just thinking this morning that I think the next time I would try to do the development as a stand alone part rather then do what I did. How I would do it is; Make a 3D sketch on your initial part and create a grid and use the grid line dimensions to create a new part. This might take a little bit longer, however it would be a stand alone part rather than in context.
You can get this part with a ton of work arounds, which is probaly something you don't want to do.
I'm not sure what release you have, if you don't have 2012 then you won't be able to open it.
Let me know,
PS: Updated with Flat Pattern Configuration
Thanks - that should get me out of trouble although it seems to be a rather cumbersome work-around. How did you create the 3D sketches?
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