How to convert from solid model to sheet metal in solidworks?

I have a few solid models from a customer and they are STP files. I need to convert them to sheet metal parts, I'm in desperate need of help.

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For me it can be done with SW's plugin logopress or similar software.I can do this for you if you send me the files, or else try to find appropriate software.
Here is 21034 flattened.
Regards - Patrick

 
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hi gabe,
As your customer given files are STEP format ; so i think firstly you have to model it again or simply make solid body from STEP file .
then after modeling you have to use Convert to Sheetmetal option , you will get it in Sheetmetal module.
By giving appropriate thickness ,bending lines ,K factor, rip edges etc. , you can convert it to sheetmetal part.
Here i am giving you a simple example in attached file.

 
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Hi Gabe,
I think there is a problem with the solid part, on the #21051 see the three holes with no thickness ... can you check original file

 
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i have seen that. i just need to know if it can be done? i can fix the holes but any luck on the other models?

 
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it might help if you recreate some of it then convert to sheet metal and put in the needed holes last.

 
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Recently, I go through this community which may help out to resolve your problem.

https://www.quora.com/How-do-you-convert-Sheet-Metal-in-Solidworks?

 
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