i can draw the flat pattern easier and quicker than trying to do it in 3d. so if i draw it in flat form can i convert it and have it bent up?
This is pretty easy to do. Create your flat pattern sketch and extrude it to the thickness you want by using Insert, Sheet Metal, Base Flange. Then you can insert bends by first creating a sketch, then select Insert, Sheet Metal, Sketched Bend. You will need to select a face that will remain fixed. Also, the default bend parameters can be modified before you accept the result, or afterward by Edit Feature.
thats awesome. just tried it. had to think a moment. worked great. thank you very much.
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