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Version 5 Release 6 February 2001 FOR-CAT-E-SMD-F-V5R6


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Sheet Metal Course


Objectives of the Course
In this course you will learn methods to create and modify sheet metal features and parts

Targeted audience
New Catia V5 Users

1.0 day

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Prerequisites: Catia V5 Fundamentals Catia V5 Part Design Catia V5 Assembly Catia V5 Drafting :

Table of the Content (1/2)

1. Sheet Metal Design Fundamentals 1.1 Introduction to Sheet Metal Design Workbench Presentation : User Interface, Terminology, General Process 1.2 Presentation of the main exercise : The Control Bracket 1.3 Sheet Metal Parameters Practice on the Control Bracket 1.4 Sheet Metal Walls Practice on the Control Bracket 1.5 Sheet Metal Bends and Flanges Practice on the Control Bracket 1.6 Sheet Metal Cut Outs, Flat Pattern Mode and Features Practice on the Control Bracket 1.7 Sheet Metal 2D Flat View Creation Practice on the Control Bracket 1.8 Sheet Metal Modifications to a Part Practice on the Control Bracket

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Sheet Metal Design Fundamentals


You will learn V5R6 Sheet Metal Design and Production fundamental concepts and practice on a Control Bracket ...

Introduction to Sheet Metal Design Control Bracket Presentation Sheet Metal Parameters Sheet Metal Walls Sheet Metal Bends and Flanges Sheet Metal Cut Outs, Flat Pattern Mode and Features Sheet Metal 2D Flat View Creation Sheet Metal Modifications to a Part
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Introduction to Sheet Metal Design:


Workbench Presentation

You will learn about the Sheet Metal Design Workbench by

Accessing the workbench Exploring the User Interface Seeing Terminology Understanding the general process

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Accessing the Workbench

Anywhere from 1- Start 2- File 3- Workbench Icon

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The first time you access the Sheet Metal Design Workbench, a Part Body is created, that will contain geometrical elements

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The User Interface: Sheet Metal Design general

CATPart extension (THE SAME AS A REGULAR PART)

Part tree

Sheet Metal Parameters Sketcher access... Sheet Metal Parameters Sheet Metal Design tools...

Features...

Standard tools
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The User Interface: Sheet Metal Design tools


Insert menu or toolbars

Sheet Metal Icons

Bend

Swept Walls

Unfold

Stampings

Patterns

Power Copy

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Terminology

A Part is a combination of one or more walls, bends and features Parameters are the values of the general wall thickness, bend radii and type of relief used in the part The first wall is generated from a sketch (profile), as either a single wall or a group of extruded walls Features are things such as cut outs, patterns and stampings added to the part

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General Process
From Assembly > create a new part (Top-down approach) or Create a new part > insert in assembly (Bottom-up approach)

Assign Material Parameters Create different types of walls

Add Cutouts and 3D Features

Add different types of Bends

Creating a Flat View of the part

Modify Wall Thickness and Wall Sizes

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Sheet Metal Parameters

In this lesson you will see how to start a Sheet Metal part by assigning the basic parameter needed to create the part.

Defining Sheet Metal Parameters

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Defining Parameters
Before starting to create any Sheet Metal part you will need to define certain Parameters of the part. These are common characteristics that when defined will make creation easier and thus limit your need to supply data during creation of the part.

Parameters Tab

Bend Extremities Tab

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What are Parameters ?


Parameters are the common characteristic used in the creation of the part. They are as simple as stating the dimensional requirement of the material and bend radius

It is important to note here that only one set of parameters can be assigned in a CATPart, therefore you are limited to one part per document.
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What Parameters need to be defined ?


Minimum with no relief

In order to start there are three basic parameters that need to be assigned, Material Thickness, Bend Radius and Bend Relief Type.
Material Thickness Types of differnet Bend Reliefs

Square Relief

Round Relief

Linear

Tangent

Maximum

Bend Radius

Remember the Bend Radius you are assigning here is the standard Bend Radius to be used on the part. This will be used to create all Bend Radii unless you specify otherwise during the creation.

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Defining Material Thickness

Select the Sheet Metal Parameter Icon

Make sure that the Parameters tab is active in the Sheet Metal Parameters window

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If the Material Thickness is all you are changing select OK to end the modification

The Thickness window is active so key in the new value

You may start to create parts

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Defining Material Bend Radius

Select the Sheet Metal Parameter Icon Make sure the Parameters Tab is active in the Sheet Metal Parameters window

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You may start to create parts

Key in the new Bend Radius

Select OK

Bend radii can be as small as 0.01 mm. 0 Radius is not available yet.
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Selecting the Bend Relief Type


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Select the type of Bend Relief displayed in the window

Select the Sheet Metal Parameter Icon Select the Bend Extremities Tab in the Sheet Metal Parameters window

You may start to create parts

The relief with its dimensions are displayed

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If the Bend Radius is all you are changing select OK to end the modification Where possible bend relief values, L1 and L2 can be modified to suit your special needs
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Sheet Metal Walls

In this lesson you will see how to start a sheet metal part and different ways to define walls

Defining Walls from Scratch Defining Walls on Existing Parts Sheet Metal Walls recap exercise

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Defining Walls from Scratch


You will learn how to create the 5 basic types of walls offered in the Sheet Metal workbench

Profile wall

Wall on Edge

Extruded Wall

Rolled Wall Pierced Wall

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What are walls ?


To start a sheet metal part you must create some type of wall first to start from. It can be as little as one line that you can extrude a wall from or a complex profile to create many walls from or a profile to make an individual wall. An example of how different ways could be used to create this part is as follows. Wall 1 could have been created first as a flat profile wall and then walls 2, 3 and 4 could have been done as walls on edge Wall 1, 2 and 3 could have been created with an extrude and then wall 4 could have been done as a wall on edge

3 1 2 4

Be aware that where you select edges, top vs bottom will drive a different proposal for your wall from CATIA. For example top may force your wall to go in an upward direction and bottom may force your wall in a downward direction.
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When to use the various types of walls ?

The Profile wall is used when you need a wall of a specific shape. Often used as a first wall of a part

The Wall on edge is used anywhere you need a wall on an edge of another existing wall.

You can also select an edge, click on the wall icon and draw the sketch you want

The Extruded walls are used when you want to create a group of walls along a specific profile. Here again it can be used to start to build a simple U shaped chassis or a hat section used to strengthen other parts.

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Draw the Sketch shown below

Exit Sketcher and select the profile Wall icon

Profile Walls

Enter the Sketcher on xy plane and select the profile icon

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Make growth arrow defaults upward. If you want it inverted select button Select OK to create the wall

Remember the direction of growth effects how the wall will be modified if you change the Material thickness later
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Draw the Sketch shown below

Exit Sketcher and select the profile Wall icon

Profile Walls

Enter the Sketcher on xy plane and select the profile icon

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Make growth arrow defaults upward. If you want it inverted select button Select OK to create the wall

Remember the direction of growth effects how the wall will be modified if you change the Material thickness later
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Select the edge that you wish to attach the wall too

Walls on an Edge
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Key in the new values and check the different dimension options

Select the wall on edge icon

To reverse direction of sketch profile select this button Select the With Bend option the create directly the bend

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Select OK to create the wall

Note that edge walls have a sketch and a plane created for them in the tree
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Select the edge that you wish to attach the wall to

Walls on an Edge
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Key in the new values and check the different dimension options

Select the wall on edge icon

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Select the clearance option. The value is by default driven by bend radius

Select the With Bend option the create directly the bend

Select OK to create the wall

Note that reference wall is not impacted by the new wall


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Sketch the profile shown below

Exit Sketcher and select the Extrusion wall icon

Extruded Walls

Enter the Sketcher on xy plane and select the profile icon

4 Key in 100 for the


Length 1 value. You can also choose a different type: Up to Surface,

The walls can be created on either or both sides of the sketch with Second Limit. Also note that the material thickness can be in either direction or symmetrically around the profile with symmetrical thickness

5 Select OK

Note that in the tree each wall is created separately under the extrusion entry and sketch but no sketches for the walls are created. The sketch for the original profile is kept.
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after having created walls by extrusion after having created a wall on edge

Isolate Extruded Walls

MB3 on Extrusion and isolate this extrusion in order to have six different walls with their associated sketches

Select the wall 1

You can now put in hide mode the sketch1 and the local axis You cannot undo an ,VRODWH action after having modified the wall. Isolating a wall on edge erases all updating data.

5 local axis, 6 sketches and some coincidence constraints are automatically created

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Draw the Sketch shown below

Rolled Walls
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Exit Sketcher and select the Extrude icon

Enter the Sketcher on xy plane and select the profile icon

Key-in 75mm or drag & drop Lim1 on the 3D geometry. Click on the red arrow or on the Invert Material Side button

5 Select OK to
create the wall

Remember the direction of growth effects how the wall will be modified if you change the Material thickness later
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Defining Walls on Existing Parts


You will learn how to define walls on existing solid parts

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What is Wall Recognition?


Another way to start creating sheet metal walls is to take and existing solid and recognize (= change) the solid walls into sheet metal walls.

Reference Wall

Be aware that any cut outs in the part when it is recognised can only be modified by returning to Part Design to do so.

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Recognizing Walls on Parts


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Select the Face of the Reference Wall

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The Tree is updated with the New Walls

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Select the Recognize icon

The thickness of the shell and the radius of the Fillet are taken as the default values in the SheetMetal Parameters.

Select the Unfold icon

Changes to Geometry brought over will have to be done from the original creation geometry in Part Design
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Sheet Metal Bends and Flanges

In this lesson you will see how to add bends to a part and also see some different type of flanges that can be used when creating parts

Defining Bends between Walls Defining Different types of Flanges available Sheet Metal Bends and Flanges recap exercise
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Defining Bends for Walls


Bends can be created by four ways. If you choose you can create your bend each time you create a wall on another wall or you can create a bunch of walls that show how your part will look and then use Automatic Bends to create all of them at one time.

Singular Bend

Automatic Bends Bends from flat

Conical Bends

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What are Bends ?


A Sheet Metal part is created from one piece of metal that is cut to the shape needed and folded to create the part. These folds are what we call bends.
Bend

Bend Relief

A Bend Relief is the material cut out that is needed to allow the folding of the part without tearing the material or causing it deform
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When do we use Automatic Bends ?

In V5 the new methodology is to create groups of walls that have a common bend size. Then when you have a group you can create them all at one time and save the steps of having to confirm the direction each time.

In cases where you have non-standard bends then you will have to use the singular bend capability and define direction. Therefore it is important to make sure your standard bend is the most common bend size on your part.
Singular Bend Created first

All other bends are created with Automatic Bends


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Using the Auto Bend Function

Display the part you wish to have the bends added too.

All of the bend radii are created at the default value

Select the Automatic Bend icon

Today CATIA chooses the direction of the bend for you.


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Using the Singular Bend function

Select the Bend icon

Select each of the walls involved in the bend

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The bend is created and note that the reliefs are created as assigned in the original parameters window

The Bend Definition window is displayed indicating the Walls involved, radius value and angular value

The bend arrows are displayed showing the wall bend direction

Bend arrows can be simply selected to reverse them and the direction of the bend.

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Using the Conical Bend function

Select the Conical Bend icon

Select each of the walls involved in the bend

The Bend Definition window is displayed indicating the Walls involved, radius values and angular value

The bend arrows are displayed showing the wall bend direction

Bend arrows can be simply selected to reverse them and the direction of the bend.

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Using the Bend From Flat function

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Sketch a line on the future bend area

Select the Bend From Flat icon and the sketch

The Bend From Flat Definition window is displayed indicating the Sketch involved, radius values and angular value

Select OK

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Modifying a Standard Bend Radius


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Select the Bend icon Right-click in the Radius field and select Formula/Deactivate

Select each of the walls involved in the bend

The Bend Definition window is displayed indicating the Walls involved, radius value and angular value

The bend is created and note that the reliefs are created as assigned in the original parameters window

Key in the new value of 2 mm in the Bend definition window. Make sure the bend arrows are pointing in the proper direction

The process shown here can be used when you create a bend also by selecting the equation icon

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Using the Corner Relief function


Double-click on the bend.5 to edit it Select the more button and switch to Maximum Bend extremities and activate the Corner Relief option

Open Part for Corner Relief.CATPart

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Click OK to validate

You have several shape for relieves: square, round, triangular.

You can also define the Corner Relief in the SheetMetal Parameters
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Using the User Corner Relief function


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The User Corner Relief must be done on the unfolded part

Sketch whatever profiles you want on the Corner Relief Area

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Select the Corner Relief Icon, the sketch and the three impacted bends directly on the geometry

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Select OK

You can also have access to a catalog of predefined sketches instead of drawing your own sketch.
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Defining Flanges
Flanges come in four different varieties, Regular Flange, Hem Bend, Teardrop and Swept Flange. You will learn how to create each type.

Regular Flange

Hem Bend

Tear Drop
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Swept Flange

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What are Flanges ?


Flanges are different ways to form sheet metal into tabs, walls and edges that give functionality, beauty, strength and safety to the part.

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When to use the various types of Flanges ?


Regular Flanges are used to create tabs in cut outs and simple flanges around the edges of parts Tear Drops can also serve to create decorative edges as well as create things like hinge pins openings

Hem bends are used to strengthen long thin sheet metal parts and to also supply a smooth safe edge

Swept flanges are used to sweep profiles around exterior edges of parts.

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Simple Flanges
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Select the 3 edges indicated in red

Key in 2 mm for the radius value

Select the Flange icon

Key in 7 mm for the length value

Key in an angle value of 135 degrees

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Select OK to create the flange

Note the edges selected can be one single edge, straight or curved or any number of either as long as they are connected.
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Hem Bends
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Select the edge indicated in Red Key in 0.5 mm for a radius value

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Select the Hem Bend icon

As with any flange multiple edges can be selected to wrap it around the part.

Key in a new length of 6 mm

Select OK to create the Hem bend

The minimum radius accepted is .01 mm

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Tear Drop Flanges


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Select the highlighted edge indicated below

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Key in 1.5 mm for the radius

Select the Tear Drop Bend icon

Key in 7 mm for the length

Select OK to create Tear Drop Bend

The length dimension cannot be less then the radius but it can be the same, allowing you to create a hinge pin opening.
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Swept Flanges
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Select the Spine the bend is to be located on.

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Select the profile to be swept

Select the Swept Flange icon The element connecting to the edge must be tangent and coincident with the edge.

Select OK to create the flange

Only a single line profile needs to be created here. The flange key will add the thickness per the parameters characteristics
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Sheet Metal Cut Outs, Flat Pattern Mode and Features


In this lesson you will see how to add Cut Outs to parts and then pattern them, as well as how to make use of the 3D Features available.

Defining Cut Outs in Walls Going to Flat Pattern Mode Defining a 3D Feature Sheet Metal Cut Outs, Patterns and Features recap exercise
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Defining Cut Outs in Walls


In Sheet Metal there are no Holes or Pocket icons as there are in Part Design. Openings in a Sheet Metal part are all done with the Cut Out icon.

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What are Cut Outs ?


A Cut Out is any opening in a Sheet Metal wall. It can be anything from as simple as circular hole to a more complex cut out. Be aware Cut Outs can be patterned just as in Part Design

The cut-out can be performed with a open contour sketch.

The Cut Out icon is very similar to the Pocket icon in Part Design and has all of the depth capabilities such as Up to Next and Up to Last Sometimes you will find that after creating a wall that you decide that you need to add additional slots on the exterior of the wall or add notches or chamfers. This can be done with cut outs if you do not wish to go back and modify the wall sketch.
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When do we use Cut Outs ?


For any Cut Out in a Sheet Metal part you will use this icon. Some will be as simple as circle, others will be more complex. They will be located in the walls themselves. In some cases you may choose to modify existing edge walls or extruded walls by just using cut outs instead of modifying the original sketch of the wall.

CutOut used to modify an existing wall

Internal wall Cut Outs

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Creating a Cut Out


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Create the profile of the cutout using the sketcher Return to 3D and select the Cutout icon

Select the profile to make it active

Tip: Using Up to Last allows for the cutout to go through both walls with one tree entry

Select Up To Last for the cutout type

Select OK Tip: For sheet metal parts use of Up To Next will make modification easier.

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Creating Corners

Select the Corners icon You have two several ways to create Corners: either you select each edge or you select the Select All button

Select the Select All button

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Key-in the radius value you want and OK

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The different type of Patterns

Rectangular Pattern Circular Pattern

User Pattern

For the position, you have to select a sketch containing points where the new features will be instantiated. You have several Parameter configurations. On each case you have to fill two of the three parameters. The reference direction element can be selected directly on the geometry (edges).
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The Complete Crown Parameter is very useful when you want instantiate a feature all around a crown.

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Select the Hole to pattern

Key in 3 instances at 9 mm for both directions

Patterning a Cut Out

Select the Pattern icon

For Direction 1 select the bottom edge, for direction 2 select the left edge

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Select OK to create the pattern

Remember you can turn instances of the pattern off to get a staggered pattern or have other interesting results
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Patterning a Cut Out


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Double-click on pattern.1 in the tree to edit the feature Click on More button on the definition window

Key-in 2 and 3 for the row of the two directions

Select OK to create the pattern

Remember you can turn instances of the pattern off to get a staggered pattern or have other interesting results
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Going to Flat Pattern Mode


When designing a Sheet Metal part you may find times when you need to see the part in its Flattened state for checking or adding physical cut outs.

You can also display the folded and the unfolded views in two different windows at the same time

On the unfolded view, all the bend limits and the foot print stamp are displayed
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What is Flat Pattern Mode ?


Flat Pattern Mode is when you are viewing the sheet metal part in its unfolding condition and in that mode you will see all of the cut outs and edges and how they look with each other.

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Note there are times that you will not see certain things in Flat Mode. For example if a wall does not have a bend assigned to it yet that wall will not be visible. Also some 3D Features, such as stiffeners, will not have any indications in that they exist in Flat mode. All the stamping feature are only visible on the face of the stamp.

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When should we use Flat Pattern Mode ?


Load the Catia document Unfolded part.CATPart
Flat Pattern Mode should be used when you have Cut Out that will be a part of more then one wall and go through a bend. This then allows you to located it from edges on the flattened view of the sheet. Another use of Flat Pattern Mode is to be able to see where you may have overlaps of walls. Typically this is seen where flanges overlap each other.
Here the flanges meet properly

Internal wall Cut Outs


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Here you see the flanges are overlaped

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Going to Flat Mode


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Select the Unfold icon

Make sure the part is on the screen

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Cut Outs or Walls created in 3D must be modified in 3D. Likewise cut outs made in Flat Mode must be modified in Flat Mode.

The part is unfolded and in reviewing the view you will note one of the areas has an overlap problem

To refold the part simply select the icon again

A copy of the part is maintained in flat mode all during the creation of the part, thus making it quick to switch from one mode to the other.
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Checking the overlaps


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Switch to the SheetMetal Production Workbench Select the Unfold icon

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Select OK, a sketch of the overlap zone is created and displayed on the tree The overlap zone is highlighted and a window is displayed Select the Check Overlapping icon

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Checking the overlaps


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Switch to the SheetMetal Design Workbench Select the Map curves icon

Be careful, you must be in the unfolded view

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Refold the part, you can now modify it according to the sketches Select OK, two sketches of the overlap zone are mapped on their 3D place Select the Curve on the 3D geometry or in the tree

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Creating a Cut Out in Flat Mode


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Create a sketch approximately the same size at the same location

Select the Cut Out icon

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Select the Unfold icon

Select the flat surface to sketch on

Select Up To Next and create the cut out

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Cut Outs created in Flat Mode can also be patterned
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Select the icon to refold the part

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Defining a 3D Feature
When designing a Sheet Metal part you will find that you sometimes use common 3D Features in your part such as an Extruded hole or a bridge. The CATIA Sheet Metal workbench comes with some of these 3D Features pre-defined for your use.

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What is a 3D Feature ?
A 3D Feature is a common piece of Geometry used in creating sheet metal parts. It comes with parameters that can be modified to change its shape or size and sometimes requires a sketch to complete its creation

These 3D features can have holes or cut outs in them.

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When should we use a 3D Feature ?

Shown below are the various types of Features available in the current level of CATIA.

Bridge Feature

User defined Feature Stiffening Rib Feature Point Stamp Feature

Surface Stamp Feature

Extruded Hole Feature Louver Feature


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Curve Stamp Feature

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Point Stamp 3D Feature


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Select the surface indicated In the Point Stamp Definition window key in 4 mm for the height and 0.5 mm for R1 and R2

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Select the Point Stamp icon

Key in 80 degrees for the angle and 12 mm for the stamping diameter

The arrow points in the direction of the extrude

You cannot select the direction arrow to reverse it. You must instead use MB3 over the sketch in the tree and then select the Change Sketch Support item and then the other side of the wall to reverse the direction.
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Select the surface indicated below

Extruded Hole 3D Feature

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Select the Extruded Hole icon

In the Extruded Hole Definition window key in 4 mm for the height and the radius value of 0.5 mm

Each feature has a Sketch attached to it where the locational data is contained. This can be used for modification later on.

Key in 85 degrees for the angle and 4 mm for the Diameter of the hole

As with the Hole icon in Part Design here you can PreSelect the two edges that you wish to locate the feature from and adjust the dimensional values prior to creation.
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Curve Stamp 3D Feature


This feature requires that an open sketch be active to create it.

Select the Curve Stamp icon

In the Curve Stamp Definition window key in the 2 mm for the height and 0.5 mm for R1 and R2

Select the Sketch.4 to make it active

Key 75 Degrees for the angle and 3 mm for the length. Select the Obround box for the end treatment.

By selecting Obround for the end treatment and extending the sketch line off the part the end will remain open on the end where the stamping leaves the part.
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Surface Stamp 3D Feature

Select the sketch already created

In the Surface Stamp Definition window key in 3 mm for the height and 0.5 mm for R1 and R2

Select the Surface Stamp icon

Key in 75 degrees for the angle

This feature requires that a closed sketch be active in order for the feature to be created
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Bridge 3D Feature
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Select the bottom surface of the part indicated.

In the Bridge Definition window key in 4 mm for the height, 75 degrees for the angle and 0.5 mm for R1 and R2

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Select the Bridge icon

Key in 10 mm for L1 which is the width of the bridge and 20 mm for L2

Select a line that want to be parallel with the L2 dimension to locate the direction of the bridge

If you wish to have the bridge be on some angle to edge that you selected simply key in the orientation angle that want
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Louver 3D Feature
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Select the Sketch already created to make it active Select the Louver icon

In the Louver Definition window key in 10 mm for the Height and 0.5 mm for R1 and R2

Key in 55 degrees for angle 1 and 10 degrees for angle 2

Here again you need to have an sketch prior to selection of the icon. The sketch must be the profile of the cutout but cannot have tangency on the bottom/open edge.
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Stiffening Rib 3D Feature


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Select the exterior surface of the bend.

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Select the Stiffening Rib icon

In the Stiffening Rib Definition window key in 0.5 mm for R1 and and 1 mm for R2

Key in 75 degrees for the angle and 15 mm for the length of the stiffener

Again as with all of the features dimensions to locate the feature from and edge or other feature can be added in the sketch prior to or after creation of the feature.
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User-Defined Stamping Feature


Select the User Stamping icon and the indicated face

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Open User Defined Stamp.CATPart

In the Stiffening Rib Definition window fill the fields as indicated on the window by selecting the bodies in the tree.

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Select OK to validate

Again as with all of the features dimensions to locate the feature from and edge or other feature can be added in the sketch prior to or after creation of the feature.
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Sheet Metal 2D Flat View Creation

In this lesson you will see how to create a 2D Flat View of a sheet metal part

Creating a 2D Flat View

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Creating a 2D Flat View


When creating a Sheet Metal part you may wish to get a flat view of the part unfolded on your 2D drawing.
Bend Lines

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What are 2D Flat Views ?


A 2D Flat View is the Sheet Metal part that you have created in its flattened mode. Shown on the view are the bend lines where the folds take place on the part.

The prints stamp are only visible on the face of the stamp

Also note that dimensions can be added to the 2D drawing as needed.

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Creating a 2D Flat View


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Go to Drafting workbench and create a sheet to locate the 2D view on

Next select a reference plane on the 3D geometry

Select the Unfolded View icon

Click anywhere on the drawing and the view will be created

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Sheet Metal Modifications to a Part

In this lesson you will see how we can do various modifications to different parameters, walls, bends, cut outs and features of a part.

Modifying Part Parameters Modifying Walls Modifying Bends Modifying Flanges, Cut Outs and 3D Features

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Modifying Part Parameters


As we discussed in the beginning of the process these parameters drive how your part is created. If you modify them then all of the items affected will be changed.

Change Material Thickness to 0.6 mm

Change Bend Radius to 3 mm

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What are the Modifications you might perform ?


There are three main parameters that we will discuss in this lesson. In both cases one change can change all of the standard bends, wall thickness or bend reliefs in the part. The first is the material thickness of the part. Somewhere during the design someone may come to you and suggest that you change your material thickness for some reason such as rigidity or weight etc.
From 3 mm thick to 1 mm thick

From Square Relief to no relief

From 0.5 mm R to 3 mm R

The second case is where you may decide that the previously set bend radius needs to be changed.

The third case could be where you wish to modify the type of bend relief that you choose to use.

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Modifying the Wall Thickness and Bend radii

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Select the Sheet Metal Parameters icon

Key in a new value of 0.6 mm for the Material thickness and 3 mm for the Bend Radius

Tip: You could select the Sheet Metal Parameters item in the tree also

Tip: Be aware that the wall thickness will modify only in the direction of the original wall thickness. If you wish to change this you must return to the original wall and modify it there.
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Modifying Bend Reliefs

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Select the Sheet Metal Parameters Icon

Replace the Square Relief with Minimum With No Relief selection

If you choose this can also be modified in singular cases by selecting the Extremities button in the Bend Definition window
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Modifying Walls
As we design a Sheet Metal part we will find that we need to make modifications walls. No matter what the type of wall we will want to modify something about it, shape, length, width etc.

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What types of modifications can we do to different walls ?


PROFILE WALLS Profile walls should be modified by modifying the original sketch thus eliminating extra items in the tree. This also simplifies locating them for future changes.

WALLS ON EDGE

Edge walls can also have there profile modified to add exterior geometry to them. You can also isolate the edge and shorten it.
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What types of modifications can we do to different walls ?


EXTRUDED WALLS Modification of the original sketch will change the walls to match.

The original Extrusion used to create the extruded walls can be exploded to create separate walls so each can be modified individually MB3 on Extrusion.1, Extrusion.1 object and isolate

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Modifying a Profile Wall

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Select the original wall sketch and the Sketch icon

Modify the geometry as indicated above adding a slot and a chamfer

Return to 3D by selecting the Exit button

The edge slot and chamfer could have been created as cut outs but that would have increased the size of the tree and the document size. Modifying the sketch is better.
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Modifying a Wall on Edge

Select the original Wall Sketch.3 for the Edge wall and the Sketcher icon

To Isolate the wall from the original edge locate the Mouse over the yellow edge line and use MB3 and select ISOLATE

Now add a width dimension and change it 6 mm

Exit and return to 3D

Likewise here it is recommended that things such as notches, edge slots and chamfers etc be added to the sketch thus eliminating the need for extra items in the tree.
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Modifying a Group of Extruded Walls

Select the Sketch that the Extrudes walls were created from

Modify the 20 mm dimension to be 10 mm

Now if you wish to modify these walls by adding notches, edge slots, chamfers etc and maintain the capability displayed here then you must use cut outs to do the modification.
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Exploding Extruded Walls into Single Walls

Select the Extrusion 1 that created the walls

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Locate MB3 over the Extrusion 1 item in the tree select ISOLATE under EXTRUSION OBJECT

The Extrusion 1 is gone and all walls now have a sketch that can be used as any other wall sketch is used

Once you have done this you can never return to the Extrusion type wall here.

Now if you want to modify the length or width of the wall or add notches, edge slots or chamfers etc. you should do it in the sketches as we did with profile walls
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Modifying Bends
As you saw earlier you can modify all of the bend radii in a part with a simple modification of a parameter. However, if you only wish to modify one of the many bends on your part then you will need this lesson.

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What types of Bend modifications can we do ?


When we speak of Bend Modification we are talking of both the Radius value itself as well as the angle of the wall. They are however done using different windows.

Once a Bend Radius has been unlocked from the formula that drives it, it always remains unlocked and thus will not change even if you change it back. The link must be restored using the Wizard before it will again be driven by the standard radius.
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Modifying a Bend
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Select the Bend indicated Select the formula symbol

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The radius field is now active and you can key in the new value of 5 mm

If you wish during the modification the direction arrows are again shown and you can reverse them if you wish

Select the erase icon to clear the formula and key in a new value : 5mm

Only the bend is modifiable in the operation and as stated before angles must be managed from the wall creation window.
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Modifying the Angle of a Bend

Select the Wall or the Plane located under the wall in the tree

Key in the new angle of 45 degrees

This currently is a limited functionality. Some walls are not yet able to have the angle modified, For Example walls created from and extrusion.
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Modifying Flanges, Cut Outs and 3D Features


Each of these items can be modified however you wish. All of the parameters originally used to create them are visible and can be modified.

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What types of modifications can we do ?


CUT OUTS: (Depth change)

CUT OUTS: (Geometry change)

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What types of modifications can we do ?


FLANGES:

3D FEATURES:

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Modifying a Flange

Select Flange or the item in the tree with a double click

Key in new radius value of 1 mm and a new Length of 5 mm and change the angle to 45 deg

All Flange elements will react the same way and you can modify any of the elements used in creating the flange.
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Modifying a Cut Out

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Select the sketch for Cutout1

Add a 3 mm radius to all of the corners of the cut out.

Return to 3D and the part is modified

Using the Selection Trap icon you could do all of the Radii at the same time with one trap and keying in the value of 3 mm
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Modifying a 3D Feature

Select the Feature to be modified with a double click

Change Length 1 the Flange width to 10 mm

All 3D features can be modified in the same way. Sketches with each can be used modify location.
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Create Power Copy


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In an existing SheetMetal part, select the Insert/Advanced Replication Tools / PowerCopy Creation menu item. The PowerCopy Definition dialog box is displayed.

Select, from the specification tree, the elements to be included in the PowerCopy.

The Power Copy is created in the specification tree

The PowerCopy Definition dialog box is automatically filled with information about the selected elements.

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Click OK to validate

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Instantiate Power Copy


MB3 on Power Copy.1 in the tree, Power Copy.1 Object and Instantiate

The Insert Object window is displayed. Answer it with the new inputs by clicking on it on the 3D geometry.

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Click OK to validate. The new feature is displayed.

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Using the SheetMetal Production Workbench


Click on the Bending Wizard icon

Launch the SheetMetal Production workbench. Open Auto Bend Wizard.CATPart

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Click OK to validate Select the two indicated edges

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Using the SheetMetal Production Workbench

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Click on the Unfold icon

Click on the Check Overlapping icon

The Overlapping detection window is displayed

You can now create directly a DXF file with the Save as DXF fonction

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