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Creating Forming Tools

You can create forming tool parts for use in sheet metal parts.

When you create a forming tool:
  • The locating sketch is added to position the forming tool on the sheet metal part
  • The colors are applied to distinguish the Stopping Face from the Faces to Remove

To create forming tools:

  1. Create a part to use as a forming tool. The initial sketch used for the part will be used as the placement sketch, or orientation sketch, that is used in flat pattern views. An orientation sketch is also the sketch used for placing the forming tool. When you insert the forming tool in a sheet metal part, the placement sketch is where you can dimension the forming tool in relation to existing geometry.


    shm_form_tool_single.gif
    No base is required to create forming tools.

  2. Click Forming Tool Tool_Forming_Tool_Sheet_Metal.gif (Sheet Metal toolbar) or Insert > Sheet Metal > Forming Tool.
  3. In the PropertyManager, on the Type tab:
    1. Select a face as the Stopping Face.
    2. Select one or more faces as the Faces to Remove. When you place the forming tool on the sheet metal part, the faces that you selected for Faces to Remove are deleted from the part. If you do not want to remove any faces, do not select any faces for Faces to Remove.

      SHM_stopping_face.gif

      Stopping Face

      SHM_faces_remove.gif

      Faces to Remove

  4. Select the Insertion Point tab.
  5. Use dimensions and relations tools to define the insertion point.

    The insertion point helps you determine the precise location of the forming tool on the target part.

  6. Click PM_OK.gif.


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