2D/3D Sheet Metal Design

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Rapid generating and processing of 3D sheet-metal components

SMD is a module for 2D/3D sheet-metal construction. The sheet-metal work software is very simple to use and in spite of that offers extremely high-performance. The module for sheet-metal work provides users with maximum flexibility in the design of sheet-metal parts. The module works together with 3D M4 DRAFTING, and with that enables a genuine 3D model of a sheet-metal component to be generated and detailed from 2D geometry. In this way, the module offers a maximum of flexibility for 2D/3D sheet-metal design.
M4 DRAFTING SMD is a module for 2D/3D sheet-metal construction.
2D/3D Sviluppo Lamiere – SMD
2D/3D Sheet Metal Design – M4 DRAFTING SMD

Fold-back 3D sheet-metal constructions for manufacture according to 2D

Starting from the 3D design of a sheet-metal component, using the high-performance tools users can modify and then fold back sheet-metal development. Here flanges, lapping, corner structuring or cut-outs can then be added. After that it can be checked, either in the 3D model or in the 2D workshop drawing, whether the final version corresponds to requirements. Then the workshop drawing can be provided with memos, dimensioned and delivered for manufacture.

Features and Workflow

  • Use 3D to create an ideal shell or surface model
  • Unfold, in a controlled manner, a 3D model to a flat pattern
  • Large radius curves, which cannot be bent as one, may be facetted under user control to produce a series of smaller angle bends
  • Add further flat pattern geometry and features using 2D:
    • Specify individual edge joints as cut, butt or flush
    • Edges may also be extended or trimmed
    • Edges may be internally, externally or flush flanged
    • At internal corners where material intersects allowance can be made for:
      • tearing
      • punching
  • Use the bend allowance system to correct the geometry
  • Specify your own algorithm for bend allowance
  • Automatically refold the 2D profile to make a final 3D model and views
  • Partial folding also possible for progression tooling
  • Bend about inside, outside or neutral axis
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