Hi all -
I have a sheet metal part - a flat strip with its end rolled into a conical section. I have attached it here.
The flat pattern does not work - and maybe that's ok. I just hate sending files with errors to a vendor.
In my assembly, after the conical section is formed, the end needs to be trimmed to fit an adjacent part. I am using a plane to make this cut - but the cut is not normal to the sheet.
I have tried many ways to get the cut to be normal and have not found a perfect solution. But I stumbled on something and wonder if this is normal, acceptable for fabrication, and the intended use of the feature...
It seems strange to me, but maybe it is intended functionality:
I make the cut which produces a non-normal edge to the sheet. (see the image below) Then I unbend and re-bend and the edge is apparently normal to the sheet. It looks great, but the flat pattern still fails. I am thinking that a shop can suppress the re-bend and get the flat geom they need and we will all live with a failed Flat-Pattern at the end of the tree. For ever and ever, amen.
That sounds hoky to me, but as long as I get my parts made right...
I am attaching the sldprt (2015) - is there a better way to model this thing?