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.
—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.