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gcross
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Flat Pattern with Rib features

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12-14-2012 05:33 PM

My flat pattern of a sheet metal part fails when I added strenthening Press ribs to the middle of the part using an iFeature.

I know Inventor is not capable of flattening embossed sheetmetal but is there a way to still get the flat pattern & ignore the formed areas?

 

Seems to me I was able to add some model features in the past like bosses, extruded holes KO's etc & I could still make a flat pattern.

 

I know I can use derived part to do it but that adds complications.

 

Gary

 

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Re: Flat Pattern with Rib features

12-15-2012 09:06 AM in reply to: gcross

Use sheet metal Punch tool for those ribs.  (a Punch tool is a special iFeature)

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Re: Flat Pattern with Rib features

12-17-2012 11:12 AM in reply to: gcross

Hi JD,

 

Is it as simple as adding a center mark to the Press Rib ide file &moving the ide into the punch folder from the other folder or do I need to create a Press rib tool from scratch? This is a compicated iFeature tool & I'm not sure about being able to reproduce it.

 

Gary

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Re: Flat Pattern with Rib features

12-17-2012 12:50 PM in reply to: gcross

A little more to it (not much) than adding center mark and location.

When you create the iFeature there is a tickbox for Punch tool.

 

I always create my iFeatures as Punch tools whether they really are punches or not.

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