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New Pro/SHEETMETAL Functionality Using Pro/ENGINEER Wildfire 2.0

Exploring new Pro/SHETMETAL command options and directional patterning

by Louis Gary Lamit, June 14, 2004
Excerpted from Lesson 10 of Introduction to Pro/ENGINEER Wildfire 2.0.
Published by Schroff Development Corporation, SDC Publications
The text involves creating parts, an assembly, and drawings, using a set of Pro/E commands that walk you through the process systematically. Instructors will find the text short enough for a one-term Engineering Graphics class at the university level and comprehensive enough for a full in-depth class on Pro/ENGINEER at a technical school or community college. Industry users will find the text valuable for a smooth transition from Pro/E 2001 or Pro/E Wildfire, to Pro/E Wildfire 2.0. Two direct modeling lessons have been included to increase modeling speed and reduce unnecessary menu picks. 

Part Model Fifteen (PRT0015.PRT) (Sheetmetal)

The Pro/E part database is different when you create parts using Pro/SHEETMETAL. All sheet metal parts are by definition thin-walled constant-thickness parts. Because of this, sheet metal parts have some unique properties, that other Pro/E parts do no have. You may convert a solid part into a sheet metal part, but not a sheet metal part into a solid part. The solid must have a constant thickness.

Figure 10.15(a) Sheetmetal

Figure 10.15(b) Units Manager Dialog Box

Figure 10.15(c) First Wall Dialog

Figure 10.15(d) Sketch a Rectangle

Figure 10.15(e) First Wall

Figure 10.15(f) Walls Dimensions Displayed (yours will be different)

Figure 10.15(g) Pick on Edge of First Wall

Figure 10.15(h) Select T

Figure 10.15(i) T-Shaped Flat Wall

Figure 10.15(j) Shape Tab

Figure 10.15(k) Flat Wall

Figure 10.15(l) Flange Wall

Figure 10.15(m) Profile Tab

Figure 10.15(n) Profile Preview

Figure 10.15(o) Move a Drag Handle

Figure 10.15(p) Completed Flange Wall

Figure 10.15(q) Select Surface to Place Hole

Figure 10.15(r) First Edge Reference

Figure 10.15(s) Second Edge Reference

Figure 10.15(t) Through All

Figure 10.15(u) Completed Hole

Figure 10.15(v) First Direction

Figure 10.15(w) First Direction Reversed

Figure 10.15(x) Second Direction

Figure 10.15(y) Second Direction Adjusted

Figure 10.15(z) Remove Two Holes from the Pattern

Figure 10.16(a) Completed Hole Pattern

Figure 10.16(b) Pick on the Upper Surface

Figure 10.16(c) Completed Flat Pattern

About the Author

Louis Gary Lamit is currently a full-time instructor at De Anza College in Cupertino, Ca., where he teaches Pro/ENGINEER, Pro/SURFACE, Pro/SHEETMETAL, Pro/NC, and Expert Machinist. Mr. Lamit has worked as a drafter, designer, numerical control (NC) programmer, technical illustrator, and engineer in the automotive, aircraft, and piping industries. He is the author of over 30 textbooks, workbooks, tutorials, and handbooks. For more information see: CAD-Resources (Louis Gary Lamit and Associates) Website: www.cad-resources.com; Email: cad@cad-resources.com.

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