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Frame / Sheet Metal / Platework Weldment Cut-list Improvements

Mitch_LamoureuxMitch_Lamoureux Member, Simulation EVP Posts: 2 PRO
Hi There,

With the introduction of the frames featurescript, it would be nice if there was some automation in making a frame weldment that may contain gussets that are done with boss extrudes, and sheet metal that are all contained in the part studio. This would allow for a weldment of mixed plate, sheetmetal, and frame members.

This was pretty easy to do in SolidWorks, but right now for plates it needs to be manually added to the cutlist, and then the description typed out. It would be preferential if a cutlist coule autogenerate a string like Plate 1/4" x 6" x 8" for its bounding box dimensions.

If there is already an improvement request underway, please let me know and I'll add my name to it but I didn't see it.



  • emagdalenaC2iemagdalenaC2i Member, Developers, Channel partner Posts: 793 ✭✭✭✭✭
    @Mitch_LamoureuxI think you will have news soon... and that will mean that I will have to update my FeatureScripts again to maintain compatibility with those changes
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  • shawn_crockershawn_crocker Member, OS Professional Posts: 596 PRO
    I agree. improvements are needed for welded structures big time.  In the mean time, I modified the cut list feature to push all the properties it is creating automatically into custom properties of the parts rather then the cut list of the composite part.  I also don't use extrudes to create gussets and such because they are made from sheet metal in the shop so I use sheet metal in software.  I just use available tools to automatically populate sheet metal cut sizes into custom properties.  To me, it is far more flexible to have the properties in the parts themselves because I can reuse a part of a weldment somewhere else and cutting information travels with it.  I view a composite part that has a cut list table traveling with it as a really big, "Ummmmm, its going to take us waaaay too long to complete this properly, and the next big onshape super star event is coming up, so this will have to do".  Every so often I step back and evaluate if I'm maybe just being an idiot and if I'm sure I can't just make use of composite frame parts.  And I simple can't.  Having a system that automatically tallies up total materials consumed with one click of a button just doesn't work when the sizes of stock can't be accessed by the BOM.  For all the plethora of ways Solidworks is much less relaxing to use, they definitely nailed weldments down pat.  Being able to bust a weldment out into an assembly of parts, all properly positioned and properly instanced, I fear, is going to be years in the making for onshape to catch up to.  I'm just glad I'm usually dealing with sheet metal centric models with a bit a framing sprinkled through out.  It is not a huge chore to use the composite part as a skeleton to mate extra instances of a part onto when needed.  If only featurescript could make it into the assembly environment and then we could make these things happen ourselves possibly.
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