I am looking for the easiest way to make a sheetmetal part from this 3D sketch. Ive created similar parts in the past but it was a bit dirty, extruding, slicing, then converting to sheetmetal. Im curious if anyone knows a better way.
Create two more 3D sketches and convert the top 3 lines into one sketch, and the bottom 3 lines in the other sketch.
Add fillets at the line intersections.
Use the Lofted Bend tool to create the sheet metal part.
Cut the end angles and fillets to suit. You may have to extend the converted lines to achieve the correct overall length.
I tried this out but it doesn't give me any bend lines when the part is flattened.
You won't be able to get the bend lines unless the two profiles are on paralell planes
Note: For bend lines to show, the profies (speling mistake in the actual SW warning) selected must be on parallel planes and must contain the same number of corresponding lines and curves.
But if you use the "Unfold" and "Fold" Sheet metal commands you can get the tanget edges to show and draw your own bend line in between. I've attached your file with modifications hope this helps.
I see the unfold/fold features you added but I do not see any tangent edges. When the part is in the bent position, all I see is a straight line with no radius. I am running SWX 2012 SP2.
Try View > Display > Tangent Edges Visible
Can you post what you are seeing (or not seeing) or post the actual part?
The part is the one Richard posted.
Here is a screenshot of what I see. Tangent Edges Visible is on by default for me.
I'm getting the same thing, I've tried everything to get both tangent edges to show without success, just the far tangent edge shows up in the "flat" and "bent" configurations. You would need both sketches on the same plane but one could use the single lines to determine where to "hit" the blank to form correctly.
Can you post a screenshot of what you see?
I see the same as you & Richard ... only one line.
Attached is my attempt.
Are you aware of
It doesn’t seems to be a liner bend and not sure if SWx bend could handle this!
Course I'm kidding here about the bet part, but I'll bet that part came from Pro-E.
I wonder why no more comments on this?
On this thread or your post? Im a bit confused on how you created the blank feature and how you would get a true sheet metal flat pattern from that model.
We do metal forming like draw forming, Deep Draw processes etc. So that means we have to go beyond from just metal brackets with liner bends (= SWX Sheet metal) and consider metal flow and transformation.
It’s the initial and simplest way I would approach to model your part which gives a true idea of the part.
For your confusion: We have 3rd party software for bank predictions and that is what you see at the end of the tree.
You may find some samples @ www.solidCADworks.com
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