SheetMetal AddWall

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SheetMetal AddWall.svg SheetMetal AddWall

Menu location
SheetMetal → Make Wall
Workbenches
SheetMetal
Default shortcut
W
Introduced in version
-
See also
None

Description

The SheetMetal AddWall.svg SheetMetal AddWall command creates flanges on selected edges of a base plate. By changing the Dataangle property a flange it can be turned into a hem.

A flange consists of a 90° cylindrical bend and a planar strip (wall).

SheetMetal AddWall-12.png Button right.svg SheetMetal AddWall-13.png

Two selected edges → two flanges

Resetting the Dataangle property to about 180° in a second step will create a hem instead.

SheetMetal AddWall-14.png Button right.svg SheetMetal AddWall-15.png

Two selected edges → two hems

Usage

  1. Select one or more edge(s) of a base plate.
  2. Activate the SheetMetal AddWall.svg SheetMetal AddWall command using one of the following:
    • The SheetMetal AddWall.svg Make Wall button.
    • The SheetMetal → SheetMetal AddWall.svg Make Wall menu option.
    • The keyboard shortcut: W.

Notes

To create a base plate use a closed 2D outline - preferably a Sketcher NewSketch.svg Sketch - with the SheetMetal AddBase.svg Make Base Wall command.

Alternatively a base plate (blank) can be created with commands from the Workbench Part.svg Part Workbench or Workbench PartDesign.svg PartDesign Workbench.

To create a blank with the Part Workbench:

  1. Create a solid using either:
  2. Make sure one the dimensions of the Box or the extrusion distance equals the sheet metal thickness.

To create a blank with the PartDesign Workbench:

  1. Create a solid using either:
  2. Make sure one the dimensions of the Box or the DataLength property of the Pad equals the sheet metal thickness.

If you start with a PartDesign Body.svg PartDesign Body, you can mix SheetMetal features with PartDesign features such as PartDesign Pocket.svg PartDesign Pocket or PartDesign Hole.svg PartDesign Hole.

Properties

See also: Property editor.

A SheetMetal Bend object is derived from a Part Feature object and inherits all its properties. It also has the following additional properties and its label has a default value:

Data

Base

  • DataLabel (String): Default value: Bend (+ a sequential number for second and following items).
    The user editable name of this object, it may be any arbitrary UTF8 string.
  • Data (hidden)Base Feature (Link): Base Feature. Link to the parent feature.
  • Data (hidden)_Body (LinkHidden): Hidden link to the parent body.

Parameters

  • DataBend Type (Enumeration): "Bend Type". Material Outside (default), Material Inside, Thickness Outside, Offset.
  • Dataangle (Angle): "Bend Angle". Default angle: 90,00°.
  • Database Object (LinkSub): "Base Object". Link to the planar face to receive a bend.
  • Datagap1 (Distance): "Gap from Left side". Default: 0,00 mm.
  • Datagap2 (Distance): "Gap from Right side". Default: 0,00 mm.
  • Datainvert (Bool): "Invert Bend Direction". Default: false.
  • Datalength (Length): "Length of Wall". Default: 10,00 mm.
  • Dataradius (Length): "Bend Radius". Default: 1,00 mm.

Parameters Ex

  • DataAuto Miter (Bool): "Enable Auto Miter". Default: true.
  • Dataextend1 (Distance): "Extend from Left Side". Default: 0,00 mm.
  • Dataextend2 (Distance): "Extend from Right Side". Default: 0,00 mm.
  • Datakfactor (FloatConstraint): "Location of Neutral Line. Caution: Using ANSI standards, not DIN.".
    Default: 0,50. K factor (also known as neutral factor) for the bend. Used to calculate bend allowance when unfolding.
  • Datamax Extend Dist (Length): "Auto Miter maximum Extend Distance". Default: 5,00 mm.
  • Datamin Gap (Length): "Auto Miter Minimum Gap". Default: 5,00 mm.
  • Datamiterangle1 (Angle): "Bend Miter Angle from Left Side". Default angle: 0,00°.
  • Datamiterangle2 (Angle): "Bend Miter Angle from Right Side". Default angle: 0,00°.
  • Dataoffset (Distance): "Offset Bend". Default: 0,00 mm.
  • Dataunfold (Bool): "Shows Unfold View of Current Bend". Default: false
    true unfolds the bend.

Parameters Ex2

  • DataSketch (Link): "Sketch Object".
  • Datasketchflip (Bool): "Flip Sketch Direction". Default: false.
  • Datasketchinvert (Bool): "Invert Sketch Start". Default: false.

Parameters Ex3

  • DataLength List (FloatList): "Length of Wall List". Default: [10,00].
  • Databend AList (FloatList): "Bend Angle List". Default: [90,00].

Parameters Relief

  • DataRelief Factor (Float): "Relief Factor". Default: 0,70.
  • DataUse Relief Factor (Bool): "Use Relief Factor". Default: false.
  • Datamin Relief Gap (Length): "Minimum Gap to Relief Cut". Default: 1,00 mm.
  • Datarelief Type (Enumeration): "Relief Type". Rectangle (default), Round. Enabled only when a gap value is set.
  • Datareliefd (Length): "Relief Depth". Default: 1,00 mm. Enabled only when a gap value is set.
  • Datareliefw (Length): "Relief Width". Default: 0,80 mm. Enabled only when a gap value is set.

Example

SheetMetal AddWall-01.png

A simple tray

Preparation

This tray is made of a rectangular blank with walls added to its outline edges. And so one outline sketch for the blank has to be prepared in advance.

SheetMetal AddWall-02.png

Just a rectangular outline

Workflow

  1. Create a blank
    1. Select the outline sketch
      SheetMetal AddWall-03.png
    2. Press the SheetMetal AddBase.svg Make Base Wall button
      or use the keyboard shortcut: C then F
      SheetMetal AddWall-04.png
      (The blank is padded in z direction

  2. Add walls to the outline edges
    1. Select the blank's outline edges
      SheetMetal AddWall-05.png
    2. Press the SheetMetal AddWall.svg Make Wall button
      or use the keyboard shortcut: W
      SheetMetal AddWall-06.png
    3. If the fold is 90° down set the value of invert property to true to reverse the direction (and length to a lower value for smaller walls)
      SheetMetal AddWall-01.png

  3. Add some more walls
    1. Select the tray's upper outside edges
      SheetMetal AddWall-08.png
    2. Press the SheetMetal AddWall.svg Make Wall button
      or use the keyboard shortcut: W
      SheetMetal AddWall-09.png
    3. The walls are a bit too long (but nicely trimmed) and so the length property has to be set to a lower value
      SheetMetal AddWall-10.png
    4. If you like the folds swing outward set the invert value to true
      SheetMetal AddWall-11.png

Done!