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Cutting Across Sheet Metal Bends

You can make cuts across bend lines.

To cut across sheet metal bends:

  1. In an existing sheet metal part, click Unfold Tool_Unfold_Sheet_Metal.gif or Insert > Sheet Metal > Unfold.

    The Unfold PropertyManager appears.

  2. In the graphics area:
    1. Select a face as the fixed face.

      bend_to_unfold.gif

      The selected face appears in the Fixed face PM_shm_Fixed_Face.gif box.

    2. Select the bend you want to cut across.

      The selected bend appears in the Bends to unfold PM_shm_Bends_to_Unfold.gif box.

  3. Click PM_OK.gif.

    The selected bend only is unfolded.

  4. Sketch a closed profile across the flattened bend, and extrude the cut Through All.

    cut_across_bend2.gif

  5. To restore the part to the bent state, click Fold Tool_Fold_Sheet_Metal.gif or Insert > Sheet Metal > Fold.

    The Fold PropertyManager appears.

  6. In the graphics area:
    1. Select a face as the fixed face.

      bend_to_fold.gif

      The selected face appears in the Fixed face PM_shm_Fixed_Face.gif box.

    2. Do one of the following:

      • Select the bend you want to fold.
      • Click Collect All Bends to fold all bends.

      The selected bends appear in the Bends to fold PM_shm_Bends_to_Fold.gif box.

  7. Click PM_OK.gif.

    cut_across_bend3.gif

    The selected bends fold.



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