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Comparing Sheet Metal Design Methods
Using Sheet Metal Tools
Using Forming Tools with Sheet Metal
Converting Solid Bodies to Sheet Metal
Bend Types
Creating a Sheet Metal Part by Converting a Solid Body
Creating a Sheet Metal Part Using Sharp Bends
Creating a Sheet Metal Part Using Round Bends
Creating Sheet Metal Parts with Conical Faces
Adding Walls to a Sheet Metal Part
Sheet Metal Features
Flattening Sheet Metal Bends
Sheet Metal Parts
Multibody Sheet Metal Parts
Using Sheet Metal Bend Parameters
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Sheet Metal Features

When you click Insert Bends art\FEA-BEND.gif on the Sheet Metal toolbar, or click Insert , Sheet Metal , Bends, two distinct stages are applied to the sheet metal part.

  • The part is flattened and a bend allowance is added. The developed length is calculated, based on the bend radius and bend allowance.

  • The flattened part is restored to the folded state to create the bent version of the part.

Three features appear in the FeatureManager design tree that are specific to sheet metal operations. These three features represent a process plan for the sheet metal part:

Sheet-Metal contains the definition of the sheet metal part. This feature stores the default bend parameter information (thickness, bend radius, bend allowance, auto relief ratio, and fixed entity) for the entire part. 

Flatten-Bends represents the flattened part. This feature contains information related to the conversion of sharp and filleted corners into bends.

Each bend generated from the model is listed as a separate feature under Flatten-Bends. Bends generated from filleted corners, cylindrical faces, and conical faces are listed as RoundBends; bends generated from sharp corners are listed as SharpBends.

The Sharp-Sketch listed under Flatten-Bends is the sketch that contains the bend lines of all sharp and round bends generated by the system. This sketch cannot be edited but can be hidden or shown.

Process-Bends represents the transformation of the flattened part into the finished, formed part.

Bends created from bend lines specified in the flattened part are listed under this feature. Flat-Sketch, listed under Process-Bends, is a placeholder for these bend lines. This sketch can be edited, hidden, or shown.

Features listed after the Process-Bends icon in the FeatureManager design tree do not appear in the flattened view of the part.

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