Add flat pattern sheet for sheet metal
Drew can automatically add a flat pattern sheet for every sheet metal body.
A sheet for every sheet metal body
If your part has at least one sheet metal body, this button is enabled:
Click it and Drew…
- Finds all sheet metal bodies within your part
- Adds an empty sheet (so without a sheet format)
- Adds a flat pattern view at scale 1:1
How Drew handles broken flat patterns
When you add a flat pattern view for a sheet metal body, SOLIDWORKS adds an unfolded configuration to the part.
When this part configuration is deleted or when you forget to save the part, the drawing view breaks because the configuration is missing. SOLIDWORKS then uses a different the default configuration for the view.
You will notice this problem when you open a drawing and this message shows up: “Configuration referred by view x could not be found.”
Drew detects broken flat pattern views. When you add flat pattern sheets to an existing drawing and a broken flat pattern is found, Drew adds a sheet with a working flat pattern for that body. You can then decide to delete the sheet with the broken view.
Name for flat pattern sheets
The name for the sheets is determined by the Blueprint use for the drawing.
To change the sheet name, open the Settings window, select a Blueprint and the Sheet names tab.
You can set the base name for normal sheets and sheet metal sheets:
When you set the base name as DXF, Drew adds a number so the complete name will become DXF1.
If the base name is emtpy, the sheet name will just be a number.