A lot of times our customers will send sheet metal parts for us to manufactur. unfortunately they do not have inventor and/or do not, or won't, send the flat layout. It is possible for me to convert these 3d files into Inventor sheet metal pieces and lay them out so i don't have to re-draw? What are the steps to do so?
If the part has been modeled with a consitent thickness througout, has bends at all corners, and you set your SM style to match that thickness then you can flatten it.
In older versions you sometimes had to select all of the faces on one side of the folded part, before clicking the Flat Pattern button to get this to work, but I don't think that's the case the days.
There maybe some exceptions that I'm not aware of, though.
If you run into a part that will not flatten - attach it here and someone will show how to fix the part.
Here is an example of one I would like to pull the sheet metal parts off and lay it out flat. I do have .iges and .step files for, but I imported and saved the file to post here. Please let me know if you can do this.
There are 4 solid bodies in this part file (but should be 5). I would have much much rather had the orignal file rather than the Inventor file. (you can attach the original file here by right clicking on the filename in Windows Explorer and selecting Send to Compressed (zipped) Folder. Attach the resulting *.zip file here.
If there is a way you import this, in your preferred method, i wouldn't mind understanding that process as well. In any case, let me know how this works for you
There will be additional problems in unfolding this as the original designer either didn't know how to do sheet metal or wasn't concerned with unfolding.
i would like to know the process to unfold iges and stp files in inventor too.
usually i get drawings in this format, and i really hate to redraw every part. it is really time consuming and there are cases that i have to redraw dozens of parts.
can somebody help me please.
if i open the igs/stp files in inventor and convert it to sheet metal, setting correctly the thickness, i don't have any unfold/flat pattern option enabled.
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