Since we cannot show a sketch from the model in the part how do I create a flat pattern view of a part that is not sheet metal?
We do not want to convert to sheet metal. This sample part is very basic compared to the real part due to NDA concerns.
Can you upload an example of what you are trying to pull ?
You could do this as a surface, then flatten the surface if you have SW professional.
It also leaps to mind that Sketch2 in this example would be the flat pattern if the pattern were in the sketch, rather than around the cylinder. Then you could have one configuration that extruded the flat pattern and another that wrapped it to the cylinder from the same sketch. I think in this case, though you run into some problems with the end condition. You'll also have to do some math.
Creating the complete flat pattern sketch of this type of detail can be painful. I've had to do it. The way I did it here was quite easy and quick.Surfaces are also painful.
In previous designs our engineers did use a 3rd sketch to create a new body referencing back to sketch 2 to maintain parametrics but that was still a lot of work. We are looking for something simple and quick. They used the configurations to show the flat body.
Keep in mind I have not found a way to show a sketch from the model in the drawing. This would be adequate to convey the true design intent.
To show a sketch from the part model in the drawing, click on view/sketches, then right click on the sketch and click, the glasses to show it.
There are multiple ways to do what you are trying to do. But if you are constrained by not wanting to do anything, your options are going to be limited. You can't flatten a solid body.
I do have the sketch shown but it is still not visible. The Hide show menu has all but sketch relations and decals grayed out.
In the Drawing go in the feature manager design tree under the view it´s in, rmc on it and select show sketch.
I used your part sketch and created a flat pattern from it by unfolding a very thin sheetmetal feature of the OD of your cylinder with a very small opening in the perimeter in order to be able to be able to flatten it. As Mike says you cannot flatten a solid body as it must have a start and finish edge.
I had to tweak the pattern distance a bit to get it to come close enough to your pattern. But you have a pattern that will flatten.
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