By Florentina Stirbu
Sometimes, Inventor cannot create a flat pattern from parts that were not originally made using Sheet Metal environment specific commands.
In this example, this is a STEP file I would like to have a Flat Pattern for.
The first thing to check is if the Sheet Metal Default Thickness matches the thickness of the part:
However, adjusting the default thickness might not help.
If the Flat Pattern still cannot be created, the part can be rebuilt as shown in the video below:
- Create a surface body
- Remove the existing solid
- Thicken the surface body (using the Sheet Metal Defaults thickness value)
- Create Flat Pattern