I made this part back before i knew the "Sheet Metal" capabilities of SolidWorks, and now i need to make the flattened drawing of this.
Can i convert it???
Welcome to SolidWorks forums Carlos.
Looking from the picture, it seems you should be fine flattening it. If you can share the file, once can verify it for you.
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Thank you for your speedy response.
I have attached the file so you guys can have at it .
You will not be able to convert & flatten that part because the part has inconsistent material thickness, and the main section is 'stamped' to create the stepped recess. That involves material stretch which SW does not handle.
Recreating the part using the SM features would be best.
Yes that part that is in the middle where it is "Raised" slightly through an identation has been giving me trouble.
And all of our shelves are designed this way :/.
I have tried creating edge flanges at an angle, creating mutliples sheet metal bases and then lofting them, and tinkering with the "jog" and "swept flange" options and still nothing.
I agree, i will go back and redo the design with uniform thickness and hopefully that will do something.
The stamped recess/emboss can be achieved using the Swept Flange tool, but I don't know how accurate the flat would be. Especially after adding all the other edge flanges.
Third party products which are far better at processing that kind of part, can be found at the SW partner page.
The part has different thickness at various places which is against the sheet metal modeling. and this make is difficult to flat or convert to SM directly. I woukd suggest to better redesigned the part using SM tools.
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