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SOLIDWORKS and ExactFlat are the Perfect Fit for the Textile Industry

ExactFlat Machine

In the textile industry it has always been a tedious and manual process to get a proper material pattern out of a cutter that fits perfectly the first time, this is where ExactFlat shines.   Exactflat uses complex proprietary algorithms developed by Scientists and CAD industry veterans over the course of 7+ years. The development team has paired the essential algorithms with industry-standard design, production and business functions to enable all departments in a business to work from one common data model — from upstream design tasks through to downstream costing and assembly tasks — driving unprecedented business productivity. ExactFlat’s mission is to help soft goods fabricators bring their products to market faster, with lower effort, lower cost, and simpler process. To support this mission, Tri-D develops and provides software with features that address the essential workflow tasks associated with taking 3D designs from the CAD environment through to the cutting and manufacturing environments.  We…

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Design & Flatten Insulation Covers with Exactflat and SOLIDWORKS

Insulation Wrapping

ExactFlat is a SOLIDWORKS certified gold partner product that accurately addresses some traditionally tedious and labour intensive processes in the soft goods fabrication industry, it can take complex geometry of soft goods CAD models (textiles, furniture cushions, fabrics, and more) and accurately flatten the shape for cutting as well as fully analyzing the flattened shape for stretch and sag to make sure that it fits perfectly the first time. The ability to flatten insulation covers for piping is a perfect example to show the power and flexibility of this software and how it can save you time and money.  You might not think that pipe insulation sounds like a difficult task to design but it was very labourious before ExactFlat came along, as it requires very precise cutting of insulation layers as well as exact positioning of fasteners and straps. It can also be very difficult to wrap complex valves and piping but with Exactflat it’s a…

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SOLIDWORKS 2016 Flatten Surface Tool Enhancements [VIDEO]

The SOLIDWORKS Premium 2016 Flatten Surface Tool provides more control and more variations of surfaces that can be flattened. You can flatten any face, surface, or set of faces with internal geometries such as holes or extruded cuts. You can select curves and sketches on the surface to flatten. You can also select curves, sketches, and edges on the surface to be relief cuts or split lines. When you select these entities in the graphics area or the FeatureManager design tree, they display in the Flatten PropertyManager. Check out the video below to see the SOLIDWORKS 2016 Flatten Surface Tool in action: To flatten a surface: In an open part, click Flatten (Surfaces toolbar) or Insert > Surface > Flatten. The Flatten PropertyManager displays. Select faces in the graphics area or from the FeatureManager design tree. Then select a vertex. A preview of the flatten surface appears. You can also choose to include relief cuts or not. In…

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Flatten Sheet Metal Part That Has Intentional Interference [VIDEO]

I was recently asked how to flatten sheet metal part in SolidWorks that interferes with itself. The short answer is that SolidWorks Sheet Metal is not designed to do this. Of course, as is often the case with SolidWorks, where there’s a will there’s a way! In this example, I am trying to model up a binder clip (one of those black springy paperclips with the wire tabs that people have 101 uses for). It’s made of spring steel, so I want to bend it beyond where I want it so that there is always tension within the final product. This means that my design model will have interference. Or maybe I just needed a non-proprietary example of where you would use this. So, as you can see, I modeled up half of my part, then used the Unfold command to flatten it so that I could create more features…

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How to create a SOLIDWORKS rolled component that can be flattened

A recent customer query had us considering a number of different methods to create a roll of material. After a number of attempts using various methods, the following suggestion was to create a SOLIDWORKS rolled component using the sheet metal functionality, this technique came from technical sales manager Elton Smith at DS SOLIDWORKS. The advantage to this method is that the roll can be unrolled using the sheet metal tools within SOLIDWORKS. To create the desired spiral component, we will need to form two sketches on offset parallel planes. Each sketch will contain a copy of the original spiral, inserted into the sketches with the Convert Entities tool. Once the sketches are complete, it is time to use the Sheet Metal Lofted Bend tool. This will create a lofted section from your two projected sketches. The final result should be a rolled component. The Bonus to this method is that the SOLIDWORKS rolled component can then be unrolled, using…

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