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Proe SHEET METAL Tutorial With Surface

Proe SHEET METAL Tutorial With Surface



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Welcome to Pro/SHEETMETAL
Pro/SHEETMETAL is an optional module of Pro/Engineer. It enables you to design basic and complex parts in sheet metal.You can:
Design sheet metal parts defining the volume and support structures for the components of an assembly.
Add sheet metal-specific features like walls, bends, cuts, punches, notches, hems, and forms in either the formed orflat condition.
Create Bend Order tables that specify the order, bend radius and bend angle used for manufacturing.
Calculate the developed length of material needed. Pro/SHEETMETAL accounts for bends of different radii and materialthickness.
Flatten out the part to visualize design and manufacturing needs.
Make Drawings of the sheet metal part, incorporating Dimensions, Bend Order tables, Flat Patterns and fully designedparts.Pro/SHEETMETAL, like Pro/Engineer, allows flexibility in design. Changes are made and updated parametrically throughoutthe entire design process.
About Sheet Metal Parts
Sheet metal parts are created in one of three fashions:
Sheet Metal Mode
—Create the part individually.
Assembly Mode
—Create with a top-down approach.
—Convert from a solid part.Sheet metal parts are solid models that can be represented in either the sheet metal form or a flat model.The parts have a constant thickness and can be modified with features. A sampling of features includes walls, cuts, rips,bends, and corner relief. You can also get information about the part, calculate its mass and analyze the engineering.To aid viewing, sheet metal parts have green and white surfaces. Side (depth) surfaces only form after successfulregeneration. The green side is called the driving side, and the white side indicates thickness.Because of the general thinness of a sheet metal part, it is recommended to select flat surfaces as references when placinga feature. If a flat surface is not applicable, edges are more convenient than side surfaces.
About Sheet Metal Features
Pro/SHEETMETAL offers specialized sheet metal environment features. You can create:
Datum and cosmetic features
Walls, cuts, rips, notches, punches, bends, unbend, bend backs, forms, and corner relief.
Selected solid-class features applicable to sheet metal (chamfer, hole, round) are also available.A sheet metal wall must be the first feature in your design. After you create the wall you can add any other features to yourdesign. You do not have to create them in manufacturing order, rather, you should create them with your design intent inmind.When creating features it is recommended to select flat surfaces as references when placing a feature. If a flat surface isnot applicable, edges are more convenient than side surfaces.
: You can utilize solid features, including patterns, copy/mirror, chamfers, holes, rounds, and solid cuts when creatingyour sheet metal designs.
Suppressing and Resuming Sheet Metal Features
You can suppress sheet metal features to temporarily remove them from your design. You can "unsuppress" (resume)suppressed them at any time.You can suppress features on a your sheet metal part to simplify the part model and decrease regeneration time. Forexample, while you work on one end of a shaft, it may be desirable to suppress features on the other end of the shaft.Similarly, while working on a complex sheet metal assembly, you can suppress some of the features and components forwhich the detail is not essential to the current assembly process.
To Create a New Sheet Metal Part
Click. The
dialog box opens.
In the
box, type a name for your new sheet metal part.
If you want to use the default template, click
. Pro/ENGINEER opens a new sheet metal part.
If you want to use a custom template:Clear
Use default template
and click
. The
New File Options
dialog box opens.Browse to the desired template. Click
. The template file is assigned and Pro/ENGINEER opens a new sheet metal part.
: If an object type is not supported by a template the
Use default template
option is not available. For template-supported file types, if you always want to see the
File Options
dialog box, set the
configuration option to
. Remember, this configuration setting may be overridden by your system administrator in the
About Sketching in Sheet Metal
Sketching in Pro/SHEETMETAL is done exactly the same as you would in any other Pro/ENGINEER module. However, keepthe following tips in mind when sketching your sheet metal parts and features:
The thicken command
—The Thicken command adds material thickness to your sheet metal wall while you are still inSketcher mode. This enables you to create and fully dimension the wall when you sketch it.Then you do not need to add material to your wall later in the design process. If you change the sketch you have todelete the thicken. Thicken is not used for Flat walls. Be sure to double check your dimensions to make sure they arelocated in the appropriate locations after the thicken.We recommend using the Thicken command, in sketcher, to dimension your extruded sheet metal surfaces. It enablesyou to dimension the inside radii on opposite sides of a section and to properly dimension for sizing and clearance. TheThicken command prevents having to add material thickness to your dimension values.1 Sketch line2 Thicken line, which enables you tofully dimension the wall whilesketching
To Thicken the Sheet Metal Wall:
Select the type of sheet metal wall to create.
: The
command is not used with flat walls.2.Once you are in sketch mode, create the sketch of the wall section.
Sketch > Feature Tools > Thicken
. Offset edges automatically add to your sheet metal wallsketch. At this point, consider converting the system dimensions to strong dimensions to insure that your dimensioningscheme is correct.
When the sketch is complete, click on the sketcher toolbar.
Sheet Metal Feature Order and References
The proper feature creation order and sketch references help when modifying the part and presenting it in a drawing. Thefollowing illustrations compare the results from different order and reference choices.
Order of Feature CreationOption AOption B
 1 Create the cut before the bend.2 When a bend is created new surfaces result. Thecut surface stays in the old surface location.3 Create the cut after the bend and unbend.4 When you bend back the wall the cut section stays withthe cut features.
: You can obtain the same result if you create thecut while the wall is bent.
References for Feature CreationOption AOption B
 1 Horizontal sketching reference created on anunrelated surface. Cut alignment to local edge anddimensioned to local vertex.2 After bending back, the cut section is still alignedwith local edge, but the dimensions are in the wronglocation because the sketching references did notmove.3 Horizontal sketching reference is created through thelocal edge and normal to the sketching plane. The cut isaligned to the local edge and dimensioned to localvertex.4 After bending back, feature dimensions follow becausesketching references follow.
About the Pro/SHEETMETAL Interface
The Pro/SHEETMETAL user interface contains the following elements that increase usability and decrease mouse selections.Highlights of the user interface can be reached from the See Also links, however, refer to the
module forgreater detail on the Pro/ENGINEER user interface.
Interacting with the Dashboard
As you create and modify your sheet metal designs you can add solid features, like solid class cuts, chamfers, holes, androunds. When you add these features to your design you will use and interact with the Dashboard, which guides youthroughout the modeling process. The Dashboard is a context sensitive interface that monitors your actions in the currenttool and provides you with basic design requirements that need to be satisfied to complete your feature.The Dashboard encourages direct graphical manipulation in the graphics window and provides you with modeling flexibility.
See the
module for information about the Dashboard.
See the
Part Modeling
module for instructions on creating solid class features using the Dashboard.
Using the Sheet Metal Toolbar
The sheet metal toolbar contains short-cut buttons for the most common sheet metal design requirements. Additionalfunctionality and less commonly used commands are available from the main menu or the Menu Manager.You can customize the sheet metal toolbar with other Pro/ENGINEER commands and your own map-keys (
Utilities >Customize Screen
) by dragging the desired buttons onto the toolbar. You can turn the toolbar on/off using the
tab options.

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