Message was edited by: Stephen King
Had trouble using the form tool, not sure what the problem is.
I added the two files, if any one would like to give it a go.
Create a zip file of the two and then, using the advanced editor (located to the upper right of the reply box), you can attach the zip file.
I don't have much experience with forming tools, and I can't open the files because I am using an older version. I can't tell how those images are scaled relative to each other but my first check would be that the outer radius at the bend of the forming tool matches the outside bend radius of the sheet metal bracket.
Your first check would be correct Jamil (good eye). That and the angle.
Give this a shot Stephen.
I started from scratch on the form tool.
Attached is an assembly file with the brkt. and tool.
Use the configurations in the part to go from formed to flatten.
Just notice that there is a slight difference in the length of one of the legs on the form tool. Edit sketch 1 and it's a go.
There is a new Sheet Metal Gusset tool in SolidWorks 2015 that may fit the bill for you and be easier to use than a forming tool. You will be able to make your gusset in context with your part. You can't do that with forming tools.
2015 SOLIDWORKS Help - Sheet Metal Gusset PropertyManager
I thought about that Anna, but to be honest with you I've only played with it a couple times. I suppose It's about time I investigated it a bit further to see if I can get the same shape as Stephen's tool. Thanks for giving me something to play with.
Jamil...sorry for the confusion, the part files did not match the pictures. I over looked updating the picture of the part.
Anna... I've had to use this particular type of gusset before and tried tool make a tool then, but gave up on it and just model the feature in the sheet metal gusset feature was the first thing I tried, but I didn't get the results I was looking for. I may have gave up on it to soon, I'll go back and re-visit that one again.
When I try to position the form tool insertion point, to thepoint I created for the part, the form tool disappears. (using a coincidentrelation)
Can you explain how you position the form tool to the part?
This is a picture of the part and form tool dimensions.
Thank you all for the help!
If I remember correctly your form tool did not have a radius of 5.50000. It was close. and the angle was a bit off of 80.0000 deg. Not sure why. Yes the tool preview does disappear. Not sure why that happens but I expect that has something to do with it going around a bend. I placed a point (virtual sharp of the flanges) and made my positioning point of my tool coincident with that. Went ahead and clicked on the green check mark (even thought the tool preview was not showing) and everything worked out.
yea!... yea, when I seen that the tool disappeared, I didn't follow through with the process.
Dennis, thank you for your help!
It's Greatly Appreciated!
I'm a happy man. Thank you!
That makes both of us
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