How To Operate Sheet Metal Parts

  • As soon as you create a sheet metal model feature in your Part Studio, a tab appears on the right hand side of the graphics area. Click the tab and the flat view and bend table are shown even before you have finished creating your first feature. This allows you to check for collisions as you decide which edges to bend and is already saving you time and reducing potential errors.
    You can keep the flat view and bend table open as you design. Add flanges, partial flanges, or cuts across bends and you will see the immediate effect on your flat pattern. You can also edit bend order, convert bends to rips and vice versa , and modify individual bend radii all from the bend table. This means that you don't have to keep bouncing back and forth between a folded view and a flat view every time you make a change (like you have to in traditional CAD). If you share your Document with manufacturing, they can make these changes for you to suit available tooling or manufacturing methods.
    Flanges can be easily created by selecting one or more edges and defining size, direction and angle. Any flanges that interfere with each other are automatically mitered and corner conditions or bend reliefs automatically added. To create a partial flange, use the Move Face feature, Which knows you are editing a sheet metal part and automatically adds bend reliefs.
    When you've finished adding flanges to your Sheet Metal Parts, you can then add any features that don't need to appear in the flat pattern – like forms, louvers, and welds. These features can be added manually, by deriving them from And finally, you can also create a drawing of the flattened part and add dimensions for manufacturing if required.