I noticed in Creo Parametric 1.0 that there is a Flat Pattern Preview button that can show the bounding box dimensions of a sheetmetal part. I believe that this is the information that John was looking for a few years ago (see below).
My questions are:
1. Can the bounding box dimensions be captured parametrically for export to another program? This could be a manual process or automated through a toolkit.
2. Is this same information available in Pro/E Wildfire 4 or 5, but just not displayed graphically?
Any suggestions for capturing this information would be helpful.
In Reply to John Frankovich:
Does anyone know of a method to automatically extract the maximum extents (length width and height) of a flattened sheetmetal part? We would like to put the minimum blank size dimensions on a drawing as well as calculate the basic material utilization based on the starting blank weight and final part weight.
Thanks for any ideas,
The GSI Group
Thanks for posting that work around, good idea!
Thanks for remembering our conversation at Planet PTC Live last year. You are correct, I told you "not yet" last year. Now we have included that functionality in Creo 2.0, which will be available in about a month or so. The bounding box dimensions are now feature parameters of the Flat Pattern feature.
Thanks for the information
I like to know the titles of the parameters like for length and width. So, I can able to use in relation.
Thanks in advance,
As stated below, can we extract the blank dimensions for the parts without bends through parameters. Kindly let me know, if any possibilities.
Thanks In Advance
Doesn't your system create the two parameters - SMT_FLAT_PATTERN_LENGTH and SMT_FLAT_PATTERN_WIDTH
when the flat-pattern feature is inserted at the end of your sheetmetal part?
- see About Flat Patterns
I can't remember, but these parameters might be buried in the flat-pattern feature.
In which case, to access these in relations, etc., see this thread:
(you'll probably need the feature ID of the flat pattern feature - which you can get by right-clicking on the flat pattern feature and then selecting 'feature information")
Thanks for the reply.
The stated parameters SMT_FLAT_PATTERN_LENGTH and SMT_FLAT_PATTERN_WIDTH are getting created for the parts with bends.
My requirement is to extract the blank length and width for the parts with no bends, where there is no need to use the FLAT PATTERN feature. Kindly let me know, if any.
I'm sorry, but I am not understanding you when you say:
"My requirement is to extract the blank length and width for the parts with no bends, where there is no need to use the FLAT PATTERN feature". So you are talking about non-sheetmetal parts? And you need to know the "bounding volume" of the model? If so, you are making things more confusing by posting such questions in a topic related to sheetmetal parts...
Anyway, have a look here: Bounding box - via Model Check