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Flattening Sheet Metal Bodies

You can individually flatten any body in a multibody sheet metal part.

To increase performance when flattening sheet metal bodies with a large number of patterns, click Tools > Options > System Options > Performance and clear Verification on rebuild.

To flatten a body, do one:

  • In the main feature tree, select the part and click Flatten Flatten (Sheet Metal toolbar).
  • In the cut list, right-click the body and click Flatten.
  • In either the feature tree or the cut list, right-click the Flat-Pattern feature for the part and click Unsuppress menu_Unsuppress.gif.

To return the part to its bent state:

  • In the cut list, right-click the body and click Exit Flatten.
  • In either the feature tree or the cut list, do one:
    • Click Flatten Flatten (Sheet Metal toolbar).
    • Right-click in the graphics area and click Exit Flatten.
    • Click Exit Flatten in the Confirmation Corner.
    • Right-click the Flat-Pattern feature for the part and click Suppress .
To preview the flat pattern of a body:
  • In the FeatureManager design tree or cut list, right-click Flat-Pattern and click Toggle flat display.
  • In the graphics area, right-click the body and click Toggle flat display.

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Toggle Flat Display



Flat Pattern





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