Really had no response that fit my case. I don't see my wanting to add the bend table as a varied item in the Family Table or Inheritance Feature as a big request. I have submitted an enhancement request, but that will be years in the making I am sure.
For now, I will probably use the Inheritance Feature and force the users to create their "global" part as a solid model opposed to using the Sheet Metal package. Once the "global" model is inherited into the "local" model it can then be converted to Sheet Metal using the appropriate Bend Table.
Thanks to Paul, Jim and Steve Smith (CADQuest) for their thoughts.
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Brian S. Noll wrote: > All, > > How is one handling multiple bend tables in one sheet metal part? I > have a part that needs to be manufactured in multiple manufacturing > facilities, both having different bending allowances and unit systems. > > The only process I have found is the "global" sheet metal part can in > fact not be created as a sheet metal part it must be done as a solid > model. Then using the inheritance feature one can convert it to sheet > metal selecting the bend table they so desire. > > Problem with this is, telling a user they cannot use the sheet metal > package to create their parts. Creating them as solids is a lot more > cumbersome. > > Any thoughts? > > WF3 M170 > Ilink 3.4 M060 > > -- > Regards, > > Brian S. Noll > Sr. Engineer/Technologist, Design Services, IT > Johnson Controls, Inc. <http:%5c%5cwww.johnsoncontrols.com%5c> > Tel: 717.771.7587 > Fax: 717.771.7270 > - <">mailto:-> > > > ----------
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Most of the places I have worked for make it a policy to not put a flat pattern on the drawing.
Then if something goes wrong, it is based on the bend tables and it is your fault. If you just put the finished dimensions and tolerances you want on the bent part, you can provide the press brake guy with a shop drawing or something to help out if it is your own factory?
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