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Flattening Sheet Metal Bends

You can flatten the bends in a sheet metal part in the following ways:

  • To flatten the entire part, if the Flat-Pattern1 feature is present, unsuppress Flat-Pattern1, or click Flatten Tool_Flatten_Sheet_Metal.gif on the Sheet Metal toolbar.

    The bend lines are shown by default when you unsuppress Flat-Pattern1. To hide the bend lines, expand Flat-Pattern1, right-click Bend-Lines, and select Hide.

    When you flatten the entire part in this manner, corner treatments are applied to create a clean, flattened sheet metal part.

  • To flatten the entire part, if the Process-Bends1 feature is present, suppress Process-Bends1, or click Flatten Tool_Flatten_Sheet_Metal.gif on the Sheet Metal toolbar.
  • To flatten one or more individual bends, add an Unfold Tool_Unfold_Sheet_Metal.gif feature.

    For faster system performance, only unfold the bends that you need for the task that you are performing. For example, when you add a cut across a bend, only unfold that one bend.

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