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Formed sheet metal tools
wanted to start this discussion to see how the Onshape community is
representing formed tools in there sheet metal models.
Since the model features of the formed tools needs to transfer to the flat pattern to get a location for manufacturing I have this work around.
I don't need the shape of the formed tools on the flat pattern just the center location (if I am doing dimples) or a laser kerf width cut that I need for louvers (since we create louvers on our press brake).
The CAM software we use has a criteria for width. If I create a slot width of .0001" The CAM software reads this as a single line. This is good because I can have this geometry read in as a laser kerf width cut or in the case of a cross hair a location center point.
My work around is to put these cuts first then finish the sheet metal model. I then add the 3D feature of the formed tool. This allows me to keep the 3D representation and get the 2D feature I need in the flat pattern.
Hopefully once Onshape has the ability to add these features I won't have to do this work around any more.
Here is my example:
I just wanted to know how other Onshape users are creating these features.