comp.cad.solidworks - SolidWorks
Flat pattern of a mirrored sheet metal part- I noticed this as a request for enhancement, here is a tip to get your flat pattern, before you mirror the part, just create a drawing and drop your sheet metal part into it, using the Flat Pattern, close the drawing, no need to save. All that did for us was create the flat pattern config. Now mirror the part and the flat pattern config. comes with it. Including any changes.
Hi, We manufacture vessels fabricated from flat steel sheet, designed using AutoCad LT98. We want to have the ability to produce blank developments automatically from the CAD, specifically the blank development of elliptical cone frustum shapes (circle at top of cone, ellipse at base). I know that there are LISP routines which can do blank developments, but LT98 can't do LISP and even upgrading to LT2005 isn't going to help on that score. I know that solid modelling packages like Inventor and Solidworks can do it, but that's a huge investment for such a simple problem. So.. do you guys know of any other way that this can be done automatically on cad, or any lightweight programs or utilities which I should be looking at? Thanks in advance for any help you may be able to offer. Nick
Hi, I created a sheetmetal part with everything referenced and mirror to the Origin. Why is it when I flatten the part, does SW (2006, sp4.1) move the part from the origin??? How do I get the origin to be in the center of the Flat Pattern (it is centered nicely on the flat with two symmetric tabs) to be back in the center??? This is very confusing... the part is not that complicated and unfolds perfectly. I would like it to be centered so that I can use autodimension to dim the part with ordinates to save some time - guess I am out of luck already - I have spent too much time already... What am I doing wrong? About to loose it... Aron
One of the guys here (Tom Stock) finally figured out a good way to put a flat length reference dimension in a sheet metal part and have it stay accurate, without the hassle of adding a line that is equation driven. 1. In a sheet metal part, put in an unfold feature. 2. Then start a sketch on one of the faces. 3. In that sketch, insert a point at one of the corners, or put a construction line at one end, or something - you have to have a sketch entity. 4. Put a dimension from that entity to the other end of the part. 5. Exit the sketch. 6. Put in a fold feature. Now, when you fill in the config specific properties, you can pick that dimension for your length property, and it will update properly in the SW BOM. WT