Join Thom Tremblay for an in-depth discussion in this video Exporting the flat pattern for production, part of Inventor: Sheet Metal Design.
…It is not always necessary to create a 2D drawing to…create production documentation.…Let's review a couple of the options for…generating data for use by manufacturing to produce our sheet metal components.…First, we'll start in the drawing.…On the second sheet of this drawing we have a flat pattern.…It is one to one.…That is the appropriate scale for manufacturing.…What we can do is we can take this sheet and export it.…We'll tell Inventor that we want to save a copy of this file.…We'll set our format to be DXF.…We do have some additional options as well.…For example, we can say which version of DXF we want.…Many sheet metal production machinery will only accept an AutoCAD R12 DXF file.…On the next page we can choose whether or…not we're going to export all of the sheets or just one of them.…In this case we just need to export the second sheet with the flat pattern on it.…To ensure we get no extra information,…we can also say that we want Model geometry only.…Now, we can Finish, give our file a name, and Save it.…
- Preparing your Inventor project
- Adding flanges to a part
- Cleaning up edges with hems
- Using the Bend feature
- Reusing existing data
- Making cuts in parts
- Opening parts with the Rip tool
- Improving productivity with the pattern tools
- Creating and editing a flat pattern
Skill Level Intermediate
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1. Preparing to Create Your Parts
2. Creating Sheet Metal Features
3. Tools that Modify Parts
4. Documenting Your Design
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