How to make a sheet metal drawing for a spiral or helical slide(in stainless steel material) in solid works software 2012.Please suggest me?
If I think of how you would realistically manufacture a sheetmetal metal spiral slide, you would have to make segments and weld them together. Attached is an idea that are along those lines. I made a segment using the lofted bend sheetmetal feature and made an assembly using several segments (see below). If you want to make a detailed drawing of the segment, then you can show the flat pattern in one view and the bent/rolled configuration in another view(s) showing the parameters used to create it in Soldiworks. The models are not optimized, this is just to give you an idea. By the way, the copy with mates command really speed up making the assembly.
Thank you for your reply!your data is very helpful to me.I ill follow your idea.I am using solid works 2011 version.I think,The file that you have attached would be in new version.pls send in 2011 version if possible.
Also I have attached the slide dwg that i have designed.pls refer to that.
I only have SW 2012. The model I made is very simple though - I just made two arc sketches at different elevation and angle relative to each other and used lofted-bend command to create the feature.
Another more involved way is to create a 3D sketch of straight lines along a helix, surface sweep along the segmented helix, thicken, cut into individual segments, save segments as parts, and convert each individual part to sheetmetal. This way is a lot more involved and takes a lot more time - more than I have right now. I started a model to give you an idea.
its ok,thank you!i am trying that:)
Seeing Theo's segmented model got me thinking that a spiral slide is like a torus that has been cut and had the ends displaced. Since a torus is not a surface that you can develop, it doesn't seem like SolidWorks can make your spiral slide. Having curvature in both directions disqualifies it.
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