Hi PTC Team,
I have a various tubes constructed in the AFX tool. Sevrealy of the tubes come together at joints and I have used the joint feature of AFX to make that apparent.. Is their an easy way to translate this to a drawing so that I know how to cut the actual tube? I've heard in some suites like inventor or NX that you could just unwrap the tube with the software. Print it out in a sheet of paper and then just wrap that paper around your tube and grind away until the metal tube matches the paper cutout.
Timothy Brotherhood wrote:
Hi, Once you have the profiled tube carry out the following.
- Sketch a line on the outside of the tube along its length.
- In the Sheet metal ribbon, Engineering group, drop down the Rip list and select Sketched rip.
- Select the sketch from step 1 and OK to complete the rip.
- In the Sheet metal ribbon, Bends group, select Flat Pattern then OK to complete.
A simple tube flattened in this way is attached.
I assume you know how to create the DXF. (create drawing with flat view > save as a dxf)