I created this part NOT using the Sheet Metal feature of SolidWorks. Now I need to unfold the tabs and make a flat part to show if there is room for everything. Can I do this easily or do I need to start from scratch with a new Sheet Metal part?
Good morning Jay,
Can you upload the part,
Did you try to select a face and insert bends?
Just looking at the picture, the way I would do it here is as an assembly with individual components. There are other people that would do it as a multi-body part.
Here is my part. I just need show this as a flat part before bends to see if there is room for everything.
First try tabs "insert", "sheet metal", "convert to sheet metal"
If that does not work you could add a bend to each 90 degree bend that makes it straighten out, and then you have control of suppress or unsuppress of that.
The trick there is that they unfold/fold in a sequence that does not hit other parts of it.
Not too sure of my answer but it's something to try.
I have attached this part with all 8 flat patterns.
RC on each of the flat patterns and export to dxf file, name each with "XG21234R1 part-*" and you will have all 8 of them.
I have updated the parts (namely part-1) and attched the new part file.
Good afternoon Chad,
You may want to check the Convert-1 not everything was caught in the part,
John you are correct Boss 54 with sketch 55 is was not murged. I have updated the model in the Zip file, also updated the Flat-Pattern for part-1.
Thanks for noticing that one. Chad
Didn't mean to pick it apart, just wanted to highlight it for Jay, he still needs to do the final check list etc..... It's a nice way to do it,
John, I do not have the chance to use convert to sheet metal very often. I usually drawing all my parts from customer PDF files or AutoCAD drawings, even our customers that have SW are not sheet metal designers so I usually have to redraw those models also. Job security maybe? Have a good day. Chad
My job security is to insert Jay's uploaded part into an assembly and then make individual parts in context so I can unfold every pc in the assembly so I can be sure there are no interferences, this isn't NASCAR here
Oh and then I make individual drawings complete with all pertinent info the shop doesn't read anyhow, oh well got my hours in for the week,
John, I corrected the model and corrected the Flat-Pattern for part-1, my work is done here. I'll leave it up to Jay to do the rest.
first 5 dxf files are attached.
Flat-Pattern-1 has been updates based on merging the two surfaces on Boss 54.
If you RC on Boss 54 and check the merge results check box, this will result in the new dxf file. Problem is that those two rolled tabs on part-1 overlap each other. You'll see it in the new dxf file.
The next 3 dxf files are attached.
Recently I did a part like this and what I found is that it is possible to do by using convert to sheet metal. The caveat is that "collecting all bends" sometimes does not work and you have to specify the bend manually to get it to work.
Sorry I haven't responded sooner. I got called away on another job for a few hours.
Why do you have to convert to DXF? Doesn't SolidWorks have it's own format?
By-the-way...this part will be a all-inclusive stamped part. Except for the jumper bridge which will be a separate item.
Is there a way to unflatten all the bends at the same time and see them all together? Not just 1 section of bends?
Add the strip web to the part so it is one body like it would be when you stamp the part.
You do not have to convert to dxf, just do what Anna sugested.
If you could send me in SWx 2011 format, then I can send you the parametric unbending model. Or send it in Parasolid format.
I merged the web straps and this is what I came up with. I found I have to move some sections because of overlapping, but it shouldn't be that much of a chore.
Thanks to all who had input.
how do you set it to save as V.2011?
you cannot save as an earlier version.
As I said, if not possible to send in 2011 export it (Save it as) to any other format parasolid, step, igs..
Here it is in Parasolid.
The part looks good and I could open, convert the sheet metal and flatten, good job,
As a basic unfolding part, I don't see an issue here.
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