Is there a way to convert a 2d flat pattern into a 3d cone segment without using the lofted feature?
Try creating the part as a sheet metal solid flat and then add Sketch Bends.
I can generate a sheet metal solid flat (similar to an extrusion), but I fail to find where I have the option to add sketch bends.
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Using Sketch Bends might be an option but I don't feel this would be straight but rather complicated and may not give the desired results. And why can't you go with using the loft feature which would be easy to use and modify. You can always create the flat pattern and match with the DXF, finally making the required changes.
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Hi Deepak, thanks for the reply. I'm trying to avoid backward engineering the part and would like to see if solidworks can be used efficiently with dxf to solid conversion dumps. Importing and extruding the geometry works, but how does one tell solidworks to make a cone out of this? Have I reached the proverbial dead end and found solidworks promise only goes half way with flat patterns?
I agree that one would try to the same what you're doing. So you may try the luck with sketch bends. You need to sketch line then use the sketch bend option from the sheet metal tool bar.
It looks like all of those bend lines converge to a point, which implies they are supposed to be bent with a sharp inside corner (no bend radius). I don't think you'll be able to create that in SW sheet metal. As far as I know you have to have some interior bend radius.
You will have to add notches at the intersection of the bends, but the Sketch Bend method definitely works.
i used a loft but not in the way you're used to.
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