In SolidWorks, there is a feature "Flex" that allows you to model a part and then "bend" it. I've used this to model a "living hinge". How can I accomplish this same modeling feature in Catia V5 R22? I would like to be able to show the part in a "unbent" shape as it would be received and a "bent" part as it would appear in the assembly. I have an attached an example that I did in SolidWorks 2015.
The way I approach this is to create 2 models and create separate views in the drawing, In sheet metal you can unfold a part and reference it in the drawing, and also with surfaces, but as Catia does not use configurations as Solidworks uses, then apart from sheet metal parts I would create 2 models as described above.
Keith: how do you account for the material deformation in the hinge section, and how distance between both ends?
For deformation of the hinge, because it is thin in this area I would do a forming analysis treating it as a sheet part using the following software: http://www.duttonsimulation.com/1597/fastblank.html,
it works well and for this would give an approximation, other than that a fair amount of work in an FEA package like MSC / Ansys.
Don't understand your other point?