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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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