For sheet metal parts, it can be important to understand how your 3D model appears in a flattened state in order to precisely understand material needs and dimensions.
Flat pattern representations allow you to create a simplified representation of a sheet metal part in the flattened state. The master representation can remain in the formed, bent state, while the flat pattern representation resides in a combined view. Then when you display Combined Views, you can toggle between views and see how the flat piece is affected by modifications to the master (bent) representation.
Here’s what you need to know to get started:
Version: Creo 5.0
Extension: No extension needed
First, create a flat representation:
Create Representation icon
The flat representation appears in the Simp Rep tab of the View Manager. To create a combined view with the flat representation, click All and create a new combined view. Select the Display combined views check box to display combined views.
Follow these steps:
Now, while modeling, you can use the View Manager to easily click either the default appearance (3D) or the flat representation you created. Switch back and forth as you model for easier reference.
Watch our video to see the visual guide:
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