In my previous post I described how scanned data for a car seat model is imported and created in SOLIDWORKS with the help of ExactFlat. In this post I’ll describe the workflow to generate a SOLIDWORKS flat pattern from scanned data with ExactFlat. Below is an illustration showing the scanned car seat with the flat pattern created in ExactFlat.
ExactFlat gives industrial fabric and textile manufacturers the ability to take their product design from screen to machine. The manufacturing workflow would follow a path like this:
The ExactFlat SOLIDWORKS add-in has all the tools needed to create the SOLIDWORKS flat pattern, plus additional tools shown below:
- Marker Output
- Cost Calculations
- Material Usage
- Nesting Calculations
- Material Assignment
Below is the car seat flat pattern with seams added.
Output to the shop floor is assigned through a Marker View, with all the appropriate layers being mapped to either the cut or pen tools (also shown below):
The entire SOLIDWORKS Flat Pattern creation process can be viewed below:
ExactFlat provides a complete start to end solution for pattern creation from scanned data. This could have been for any downstream application for fabric, soft goods, and composite product design.
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