Every drawing of a sheet metal part needs a flat pattern.
So we automated that with Drew.
Plus many more improvements. Let’s dive right in.
Many of our users create sheet metal parts and create drawings for those parts.
Having a scaled flat pattern view on these drawings is really useful:
Until now, Drew could not really handle these flat patterns.
Now when you click the Add button, this happens:
Drew finds the sheet metal part (and its flattened configuration), adds a view (with dimension if you prefer that) and uses AutFit to fit all views on the sheet.
You can then decide whether you still want to flip or rotate the view. AutoFit runs after each action so you don’t have to drag views around.
In the next update, we will add even more options for flat patterns, like hiding the bend lines and the center marks.
Exporting a drawing to PDF usually takes at least 6 clicks of the mouse.
We brought it back to 1.
Just click a button, done! We’ll use the same file name as the drawing.
If the drawing hasn’t been saved yet, we’ll ask you for one.
In a future update, we’ll add more possibilities like including the revision in the PDF file name.
We introduced this cool feature two months ago:
Nobody likes AutoDimension, so we built something from scratch.
We analyze the lines in the view and add dimensions accordingly. Like for rods and pipes:
In this update, we added support for arcs and silhouette lines. That means adding dimensions works for nearly all models now.
Silhouette lines are lines that do not correspond to an actual edge in a model.
Take this sphere for example. It has no edges, but there is a circle that defines the silhouette:
So from now on, we will use these silhouette edges to add dimensions as well.
There are two drawbacks though. SOLIDWORKS can be extremely slow creating these silhouette edges, up to one second per line. Their response: “yup, that’s just the way it is”. Not cool man, not cool.
That is why we decided to only include silhouette lines for parts and not for assemblies.
SOLIDWORKS also misses lines sometimes and there is no way around that, unfortunately.
This is a pretty cool one as well. When we add outer dimensions to a view and we notice it is a sheet metal part, we add a thickness dimension.
The result: two outer dimensions + a thickness dimension.
This automatic thickness dimension will save you another three or four clicks for every sheet metal part.
If you find a bug, send us an email (see this article) or start a chat with us on this site.
We only had to fix two bugs this month:
For Drew version 2.6 we are working to give you more control over the flat pattern view.
That means you can include crosshairs, outer dimensions and bend notes for normals sheets. But when creating a 1:1 view, Drew can create a view with only cutting lines:
We are also working on Smart Flip, so there are more UP bends than DOWN bends. Your workshop will appreciate this:
That’s it for now. Go try it out: