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Creating Lofted Bends

To create a lofted bend:
  1. Create two separate open profile sketches.
  2. Click Lofted Bend Tool_sheet_metal_Lofted_Bend.gif (Sheet Metal toolbar) or Insert > Sheet Metal > Lofted Bends.
  3. In the graphics area, select both sketches. For each profile, select the point from which you want the path of the loft to travel.

    loft_open_profiles_shm.gif

    In the PropertyManager, under Profiles PM_profiles_loft.gif, the sketch names appear.

  4. Examine the path preview. Click Move Up PM_move_up.gif or Move Down PM_move_down.gif to adjust the order of the profiles, or re-select the sketches to connect different points on the profiles.

    lofted_bend_preview01.gif

  5. Set a value for Thickness.
  6. Click Reverse Direction PM_REVERSE_DIRECTION.GIF, if necessary.
  7. Under Bend Line Control, select:
    • Number of bend lines and set a value for Setting to control coarseness of the flat pattern bend lines.
    • Maximum deviation and set a value.

    lofted_bend_applied01.gif

    tip.gif Decreasing the value of Maximum deviation increases the number of bend lines.

    example_button_w_text.gif

  8. Click PM_OK.gif.


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