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nickv02
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Help making sheet metal part

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10-12-2012 12:57 PM

I have a 14 gage sheet metal part that follows the profile in the attached picture.  7/8" legs with a 1/16" offset.  Because it's 14 gage, the contour flange won't create it.  I need it to be able to be turned in to a flat pattern so that I may export it to a .dxf.  Is there another way to make this that will allow me to flat pattern it?  I have a couple of pieces like this where the offset is very slim, so I am looking for a way to do all of them like this.

 

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mcgyvr
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Re: Help making sheet metal part

10-12-2012 01:22 PM in reply to: nickv02

That profile is just incorrect. Its not made like that in real life unless its a stamping operation which Inventor cannot properly define the flat pattern for.

 

How is this part fabricated?

 

Model the 2 faces then use "bend" to connect them if press braked.

 

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Re: Help making sheet metal part

10-12-2012 01:22 PM in reply to: nickv02

Hi nickv02,

 

Attached is an example that might give you a hint. I didn't see any information on what version of Inventor you're using, but hopefully you can open an Inventor 2010 file (that's the oldest version I have Installed these days.)

 

I hope this helps.
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Curtis
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nickv02
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Re: Help making sheet metal part

10-12-2012 01:34 PM in reply to: Curtis_Waguespack

Inventor 2013, forgot that.

 

It's a stamping procedure.  You're right, I was going about it the wrong way and drew it incorrectly.

 

Curtis, that example is excellent, thank you for your help!

 

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