I'm very new to Solid Works. I was hoping someone could assist me in the procedure required to make a flat pack from a 3D model. I have existing models that I can import, or if required I can re-model the pieces in solid works.
Welcome to the forum.
By "flat pack" do you mean the flat sheet as cut and before bending? It's the button on the toolbar that looks like this
I suggest that you follow the tutorial to be found under Help- Tutorials- Special Types of Models- Sheet Metal.
This will give you some idea as to howSolidworks manipulates the model you need to make.
If you are using existing models then you may have some success with the "Convert to sheet metal" button on the standard Sheet Metal toolbar, but I have found that I've had to make my own to get the results need.
Thank you! I'll give it a try and see what I can do with it. I'll let you know how it goes.
well, it took me a while, but I tried various sheet metal tutorials and it doesn't seem like sheet metal is what I'm looking for, or possibly I'm not using it in the proper manner.
The assembly as shown is made up of six, separate, plannar parts. None of them have bends and all of them are already constructed at the correct thickness. When I use the sheet metal tools it always coverts each of these six parts into something that should be unfolded, which adds thickness and also just isn't the result I'm looking for.
I would just like to take these six, separate pieces and lay them flat in a drawing so it can be used as a cutting guide/template.
Anyone know what I'm doing wrong?
Can you post a few examples of what you are trying to work with in SolidWorks. Pictures, or even better the models.
Use the Advanced Editor link in the upper right of the dialog box to post files.
Pretty hard to tell you what you are doing wrong when we have no idea what you are working with....
Thank you for your rapid reply (you guys are great ) The files are attached. They were created with a Student Edition license of Solidworks (I don't know if that matters, but thought I should mention it)
I'll try to clarify what I'm going for a bit better. I'm a mentor for a robotics team and I want to print plans representing flat pieces of plywood or plastic that I can hand to the students on the team that they can use to cut out the shapes required to build what we've designed. We don't have a CnC (yet), so all of these things will be cut out with hand tools.
If I approached this incorrectly from the very beginning and need to remodel from scratch to achieve the desired results, that would be fine. I'm trying to learn the proper pipeline to achieve the results we need so we can do it correctly moving forward.
thank you again for all your help.
C. Thorne wrote:.... I want to print plans representing flat
C. Thorne wrote:
.... I want to print plans representing flat
Open each part and go to File>Make Drawing From Part
start a new Drawing file (*.slddrw) and reference each of the parts.
There are Tutorials within SolidWorks that explain how to create 2D drawings from your 3D models.
As my research continues, I think I've found a better way to describe what I'm trying to do. I would like to create plans representing all of the parts included in the assembly in the same plan, all of the views normal to a given plane of each of the parts. Plans as reprsented by the tutorials I have done are usually normal to the standard viewing planes, not surfaces of the object, and display the entire assembly from these views (left, right, top, etc). I want plans more like a sewing pattern, showing each piece, normal to it's largest face, arranged in a manner for easy cutting.
Does that explain it any better?
C. Thorne wrote:.... I think I've found a better way to describe what I'm trying to do. .... these views (left, right, top, etc). ...
.... I think I've found a better way to describe what I'm trying to do. .... these views (left, right, top, etc). ...
Maybe like Orthographic Projection? 3rd Angle or 1st Angle?
I might start by creating a Named View for use in the drawing.
What book are you using to learn SolidWorks?
What book are you using to learn Technical Drafting?
I have most books and can recommend relevant pages.
Edit: The image below is clearer if you click on it.
Would you just like a DXF of the parts? You could just open each part and Save As a DXF there.
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