I've created a 3D-curved sheet-metal plate by means of copying and modifying a 3D-surface from one of the models from our customer. I did this with the feature "Offset" which created a sheet-metal from a quilt. But after that I'm not able to create a flat pattern or a "flatten quilt" anymore. Is there somebody who can help me with this? The plate is only 1.6mm thick in aluminium, so our shopfloor will be able to form this plate in the correct shape. The work-around I'm doing now, is:
- create a quilt of the surface at the bottom of the model-tree
- copy this quilt into a new part
- "flatten quilt" this quilt in the new part
But I wonder if there is no better way of doing this. Company's who are creating car-body-parts do have the same problem I think...