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Flattening Surfaces

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You can flatten single- or multi-faced surfaces. You cannot flatten surfaces that have holes or other internal geometry.

To flatten a surface:

  1. Open install_dir\samples\whatsnew\parts\surface.sldprt.

  2. Click Flatten (Surfaces toolbar) or Insert > Surface > Flatten.
  3. In the graphics area:
    1. Select the surface for Face/Surface to Flatten .
    2. Select the vertex shown for Vertex or Edge to Flatten From .

  4. Click .

  5. In the graphics area, right-click the flattened surface, and click Deformation Plot .

    A deformation plot appears in the graphics area showing where the surface is compressed or stretched.

  6. To display only the flattened surface, in the FeatureManager design tree, right-click Boundary-Surface3 and click Hide .

See SOLIDWORKS Help: Flatten Surface.

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