I have attached a dome (EXEC.sldprt) created from solidworks, I extracted 1/8 portion of it. How can i convert this part (Body9.sldprt) to sheetmetal and flatten it?
Any ideas or workarounds are highly appreciated.
Solidworks can only flatten a single-direction curve like a cylinder, not a compound curve like your dome.
Ian is correct,
imagine trying to take a cap from a bottle and flatten it, is it possible? Yes but it would require SolidWorks to calculate so many bends to do so that even your part won't be as high quality if it were made from a sheet metal. The bottom would have to stay flat and once you try to bend a piece with a non-linear edge, it'll rip it out to the center. because bends need to stay as linear as possible.
So your wondering how cups are made? Not by sheet metals! Unless it was a cup with 4 flat faces then yes, but a circular profile? a big no-no for sheet metals unless it was rolled/pressed.So in that case, you could do it using two different sheet metal components, the outer perimeter can be rolled but the flat bottom-edge would then need to be welded to the rolled part.
You can try the new feature in SW2015
Flatten the surface and thicken it.
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I am thinking to consider surface flattening instead, but does the manufacturability of the flattened part would be the same as actual?
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