comp.cad.solidworks - SolidWorks
Hi Folks, I have been playing around with sheet metal forming tools and using surfaces to show a better image of the part feature you will get when you use a given forming tool. Essentially, the pallette will generally show you the anti-image of the part (a view of the punch). After a bit of playing around I have come up with a novel way of using surfaces to design your part feature in the pallette and have the part that forms inherit what was done, resulting in a forming tool. In short - design your part feature (with surfaces) in the pallette part instead of playing the "punch design" game and hoping the part comes out right when the forming tool is applied. Derive the forming tool from the part and then hide the forming tool body (not required but makes the pallette look nicer). When you go to use the forming tool, the "real" part feature will appear and will be easier to understand. Since you have driven the forming tool part of the pallette model from a viable part definition, you are assured a correct forming tool outcome. I like this one and thought is was worth sharing. See two samples: www.sheetmetaldesign.com/Cad-Solidworks-FormingTools/4-RoundExtrusion.zip www.sheetmetaldesign.com/Cad-Solidworks-FormingTools/5-BridgeTabSquare.zip Later- SMA
I'm trying to insert the louver that comes with Solidworks and when I drag it over from the Design Library to a simple plate that I've already added the Sheet-Metal feature to, I get the following error: "Are you trying to make a derived part?" If I say Yes, then it starts the derived part process (bad). If I say No then it simply opens the louver in it's own window. At no time do I get the preview that I recall seeing in 2004. Anyone know what stupid mistake I'm making here?
When did they change forming tools? Overall nice job, much simpler, but they seem to have blown it big time with the orientation sketch unless there is something I'm missing. The orientation sketch cannot be edited. That in itself is not necessarily a problem, but if the footprint of the feature is symmetrical but the rest of the feature is not, then the "orientation" sketch becomes a "disorientation" sketch. Manually created sketches are ignored, it adds the giant "L", but this is not in the orientation sketch. Fortunately you can edit it after you guess wrong. The SolidWorks Three-step: two steps forward, one step back.