Sheetmetal design is the process of defining geometry such that sheet metal can be cut, bent, or punched to meet product requirements. Whatever the industry, the sheetmetal designer has the same concerns: reducing scrap, controlling cost, enhancing ease of manufacture, and getting the best product to market faster.
PTC Creo Parametric includes core capabilities in sheetmetal design so you can eliminate guesswork and waste while controlling every bit of your work. You wouldn’t use a crooked ruler, would you? Then why accept anything less than purpose-built capabilities for sheetmetal design, ones that take into account the unique characteristics and requirements of sheet metal.
With PTC Creo Parametric, you’ll easily and quickly create walls, bends, punches, notches, flanges and more. You can bend, flatten, cut, and pattern parts in a way that’s appropriate for manufacturing—all before you create a single physical prototype. You also can preview formed and flattened sheetmetal designs simultaneously. One click allows you to convert solid parts to sheet metal or automatically generate flat patterns from 3D geometry.
When you need extended capabilities, PTC Creo NC Sheetmetal Extension, an extension to PTC Creo Parametric, boosts productivity by automatically creating and optimizing toolpaths using standard and form tools. Use auto-nesting to maximize your sheet area, thus reducing scrap and material costs and cutting lead times.