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How to make this part in sheet metel

By Hasnain Bhatti on 29 Dec 17:37 9 answers 3 comments

I have made this part in the inventor standard ipt but i wanna this part in the sheet metel to gets its flat pattern. I am sharing this part in the attached part plz some one work on it and tell me how it is possible.


Real Conveyor link.ipt, 440 KB

9 answers

  • Frank J Nagle II
    Frank J Nagle II over 1 year ago

    Hasnain, if you haven't solved your challenge yet, to answer your initial question, this part file cannot be converted to a sheet metal part. However, you can use the information contained to create a sheet metal part based on this part model. You would begin with a sheet metal part by selecting the material you want the part made from (based on your application requirements) and the thickness you want to use. This can be done from the manage tab:styles editor. Once this is done, start your first sketch. I would sketch the center section first and go from there. If I had time I would just go ahead and model the part for you, then send you the file and you could reverse engineer the model to see one of many ways to create this kind of part. Play with the sheet metal tools to see how they work. This will help you find the best method for you to create this model. Hope this get you pointed tin the right direction. If you want, you can download my ABS clip models ( I will upload them as ipt files) These might give you some help with your project.

  • Maga D.
    Maga D. almost 2 years ago

    Your file appears to be damaged.

  • FredSWUG
    FredSWUG almost 2 years ago

    Based on the image of the part here: Conveyor Half link.....
    I'd say the part can't be made in sheet metal as it is currently designed. Sheet metal parts require a consistent thickness, and this model appears to have thick sections where the hinge pin would go.
    If you can upload the file in another format (Step, Iges, Parasolid, Acis...), I'll be able to see it from the opposite side. Maybe those thick spots are hollow? If so, the metal would need to be "torn" and then folded to create each of the locations for the pin to pass through. I suspect it can be done, but getting so many sheet metal bends to align perfectly for a pin to pass through will be a manufacturing challenge.

  • Harold Lakoduk
    Harold Lakoduk almost 2 years ago

    I don't think you can convert the part as designed to sheet metal. I think you will have to START in sheet metal.Then it is a question of how to produce it. The problem area is going to be where the hinge barrel rolls near the blade of the link. The thickest material I have had experience forming a hinge was 3 mm, 5052h32 Alum and that had a barrel ID of 4.8-5.0 mm.
    Here is a STEP file that is as close as I could get to your model. See if you can import and convert it to sheet metal in your system.

    I took the measurements off your part to make the sheet metal counterpart. Be sure to allow some clearance between hinge barrels to allow for the material deformation in the bend radius.


    sm link.stp, 213 KB
  • FredSWUG
    FredSWUG almost 2 years ago

    That is a good model. I was able to flatten most of the model, but the rolled tips of the hinges caused a few errors and were removed from the model.


    sm link - Flat.STEP, 149 KB
  • Hasnain Bhatti
    Hasnain Bhatti almost 2 years ago

    Hinges portion is not required in my case. I just want the upper part which is curved and the horizontal part of model.... I am thankful to you guys who worked for me but a little request is for you to plz try this on autodesk inventor because i need in inventor's sheet metal. Inventor doesn't import .STEP files.

  • Harold Lakoduk
    Harold Lakoduk almost 2 years ago

    Is there enough information in the model for you to recreate it in Inventor? Or do you not have experience or training in Inventor sheet metal? I don't have Inventor or access to it but I did find some good tutorials on YouTube if you need them that should get you started.
    The steps to create the part would be:
    1 - Create a flat part.
    2 - Add notches to allow for the offset jog in the end flanges.
    3 - Add the end flanges.
    4 - Add offset jogs to the end flanges. (In the tutorials I've seen it appears Inventor doesn't have a Jog tool for sheet metal so you will need to make a double 45 degree offset using the flange tool.)
    5- Add any final trims or radii.

    If you are not adding the hinges as formed features I presume you will be adding them as separate assembly items to be either welded or bolted on. That makes the part a whole lot easier to produce.

  • Goofy
    Goofy over 1 year ago

    just take into account of the strength and thickness of the steel, this will help you in the long run as you need the correct steel to make sure this is a reliable product.

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