Model with an Unripped Edge and Sharp bends
For example consider the model shown in the figure above. Faces A and B are connected together, whereas to unfold the model, both these faces need to be unconnected. The unripped edge shown in the figure needs to be ripped. Sheet Metal Feature Recognition library provides an option to rip such edges in imported solid models. The edges to be ripped and the rip gap are to be provided for ripping. The imported model after ripping is shown below.
The model has two sharp bends with inner radius and outer radius as zero. For accurate unfolding and sheet metal bending, inner radius has to be specified. Sheet Metal Feature Recognition library provides an option to automatically convert such sharp bends into cylindrical bends. The sharp bend and the inner radius are to be specified for automatic conversion. SMFR can also detect sharp bends automatically for such conversion. The imported model after conversion of sharp bends into cylindrical bends and flat pattern obtained using SMFR are shown below.
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