From Pro/ENGINEER ReferencePoint Suite
Pro/Sheetmetal is a module of Pro/ENGINEER (Pro/E) that helps you design sheetmetal components and simulate how they work in a three-dimensional (3D) environment. In sheetmetal design, it is important to calculate attributes such as the length of the sheetmetal straight stock, location of the bend line, and bend sequence, in order to manufacture sheetmetal components. You can use Pro/Sheetmetal to create the sheetmetal component in a three-dimensional environment and then extract the manufacturing information from the model.
This ReferencePoint describes how to simulate sheetmetal processes, such as bending and forming, and extract information to manufacture sheetmetal components. It also describes how to convert a solid model into a sheetmetal component and capture the sheetmetal design intent.
Introducing Sheetmetal Working and Pro/Sheetmetal
The basic processes involved in sheetmetal working are punching, piercing, blanking, notching, and bending.
To learn more about processes involved in working with sheetmetal components, see the Basic Modeling Techniques Using Pro/Sheetmetal ReferencePoint.
In Pro/Sheetmetal, you can use various options to simulate how sheetmetal works and extract manufacturing information. To access the sheetmetal options:
Invoke the Pro/Sheetmetal application. The Part menu manager appears.
Select Part-> Feature-> Create from the Part menu manager. The Feature Class menu appears.
Select Feature Class-> Sheetmetal. The Sheetmetal menu appears, as shown in Figure 2-6-1:
Figure 2-6-1: The Sheetmetal Menu
Use the Sheetmetal options to simulate the process of working with sheetmetal and to extract the information required to manufacture the sheetmetal component.
Sheetmetal Cutting Processes in Pro/Sheetmetal
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