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Flattening Hourglass like shape

Question asked by Mike Price on Jan 3, 2012
Latest reply on Jan 3, 2012 by John Stoltzfus

Hi all,


Happy New Year.


I'm trying to flatten out a weird shape that isn't a sheet metal part, so I don't care too much about accuracy, but I want to be somewhat close.  The first picture is a front view and the second is a bottom view.  The two inserts that are clearly seen at the bottom of the part in the first picture is the beginning of an attempt to try to do this.  I was going to create a series of segemented lofted-bends and then overlap the flat patterns to give me the approximate flat pattern shape.


However, the flat patterns are seemingly all over the place.  One thing I tried was to split each lofted-bend about a common plane then I could flatten each piece individually.  I'm unable to unfold the pieces then (I guess because an existing flat pattern exists..............which can't be deleted)


Maybe I can try to split, export as X_T, import, convert to sheet metal, and then create a common plane to unfold about, but I don't hold out much hope for that.........


Anyone have any experience with something like this?










looking from bottom.jpg