Sheet Metal Design and Manufacturing

Flexible Modeling and Unfolding
SpaceClaim enables engineers the flexibility to work with any CAD data to create, edit, and prepare models for high precision sheet metal fabrication. No other tool is easier to use and does a better job editing geometry, cleaning up corrupt or difficult CAD data, and delivering high quality sheet metal functionality. SpaceClaim is the only solution on the market today that helps sheet metal manufacturers complete jobs quickly while minimizing downtime on the shop floor.

It all begins with SpaceClaim's direct modeling technology which accelerates the rapid creation or unfolding of sheet metal bodies. You can choose if you want to create a component in the sheet metal module, convert a solid body to sheet metal, or import data from virtually any CAD system.

Upon the automatic conversion to SpaceClaim sheet metal, advanced tools determine what types of features are present and adjustments should be made. With one click you can do things like square up corners for proper unfolding, change junction types, modify corner treatments, or adjust edge reliefs.

Optimization
Optimization tools let you place things like gussets and hinges at appropriate places, making it simple to add strength and flexible joints. You can also take advantage of SpaceClaim's versatility by adjusting wall thickness, bend allowance, k factors, material properties, and leveraging bend tables of a component at any time.

SpaceClaim offers simultaneous Viewing of both the bend and unfolded models so you can see the effects of changes in both models. This bidirectional linkage enhances your decision making by giving you live design feedback. When your data is finalized you can export to any neutral 3-D format, or export to commonly used 2-D formats for laser or punch presses.

SpaceClaim Sheet Metal Includes:

  • Automatically unfold virtually any sheet metal parts, and export to DXF/DWG
  • Simultaneously view and edit folded and unfolded models
  • Rapid bend table creation
  • Adjust thickness, bend allowance, and material properties on any model
  • Customize a form library to create edge and corner reliefs, hems, hinges, punches,
    louvers and many other forms

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