I am currently working with a part that I created from scratch. I had to make some sheetmetal bends in the part, so I am working in Sheetmetal.
I need to create a funky "twisty" shape that has to be a protrusion that gets attached to this sheetmetal part (all continuous, tangential, etc.). But when I create a swept blend, solidify, or thicken, Wildfire 5.0 only allows me to CUT. I want to create a PROTRUSION, NOT CUT.
Any ideas. Thank you.
Geometrix Engineering, Inc.
201 N. 13th Avenue
Hollywood, FL 33019
This is more of a best practice than helpful in your situation, however I have found the easiest way to save head aches when converting models to sheet metal, is do it as early in the model tree as possible. I have found that the further into the tree the conversion happens, the more function I can lose later on. On the other hand, the more you can do in sheet metal using that module the more robust the part is.
If you wanted to make the part you are after using cardboard - curling, bending, cutting, but not stretching - then sheetmetal is pretty straightforward. If it requres stretching the material then you'll need to explore form tools.