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Sheet Metal Flatten - New to Creo

DCllc
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Sheet Metal Flatten - New to Creo

Hello, 

 

I have managed to get as far as converting the part to sheet metal, but I am having trouble with the 'Flatten' feature so I can add it to my MFR drawing. See attached for reference.

Note: I tried using rounds on the 'step' portion with no difference.  

Thank you for the help. 

 

Best,

DC

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Re: Sheet Metal Flatten - New to Creo

That part is not a viable candidate for the flatten process.

Sheet metal parts that can be flattened are those that are produced on a press brake.

They must also be uniform thickness. You have the smaller tube inside the larger tube and that makes the wall thickness non-uniform.

With a part that small you will not see deformation even in a rolling operation, so construct the flat pattern from extracted edge lengths of the round sections.

 

Re: Sheet Metal Flatten - New to Creo

Thank you, BenLoosli

Couple of follow ups-

1. So any part that would need some sort of mandrel create a 360deg, tube like bend would not be able to flatten?

2. Your suggesting to essentially make a separate part that is a 'flattened' version? 

Re: Sheet Metal Flatten - New to Creo

Yes and yes

 

Not the best way, but it fits within the limitations of the software.

IF PTC allowed multiple solid bodies, then it could be in a single part file.

Another option would be to make a 2D sketch of the flattened model in your same file on a different layer.

 

Re: Sheet Metal Flatten - New to Creo

I'll take your advice and start plugging away. Thank you!

 

Best,

DC

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