Join Thom Tremblay for an in-depth discussion in this video Leveraging Unfold and Refold, part of Inventor: Sheet Metal Design.
…There are times when features need to be added to the part while it is in…a flattened state.…Using the unfold and re-fold tool, we can flatten a part out temporarily, or…a portion of a part out temporarily, apply features, and…then re-fold it having those features follow the new folds.…What I need to do here is take this series of holes and…pattern them out when this part is flat.…So I'll use the unfold tool.…I'll select this large face as the basis for the unfolds.…
And then I can select the various folds in the part.…Seeing almost how this part is manufactured in Preview.…We'll say OK.…Then I can simply take the standard Rectangular Pattern tool,…select the hole feature, and select the direction that I want.…Set the number that I need and…the distance as you would any other time in the rectangular pattern.…Apply them, and now we have the holes on our flattened part.…So let's return this back to its folded state.…Selecting the refold tool, we'll again select the same stationary reference and…just pick the bends that we want to refold.…
- 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
SOLIDWORKS: Sheet Metal Designwith Gabriel Corbett2h 55m Intermediate
Designing a Sheet Metal Enclosure with SOLIDWORKSwith Gabriel Corbett2h 31m Intermediate
1. Preparing to Create Your Parts
2. Creating Sheet Metal Features
3. Tools that Modify Parts
4. Documenting Your Design
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