What’s new in Sheet Metal for BricsCAD V17

V17 introduces form features and improves bend recognition

Sheet Metal for BricsCAD V17 adds parametric form features that work like virtual forming tools to modify a sheet metal blank. The library included with the module contains the most commonly used form features, such as bridges, louvers, and embossed features.

You will never need to restart your sheet metal designs from scratch because of modeling failures 

form features and improves bend recognition BricsCAD V17

BricsCAD V17 adds parametric form features to the sheet metal module.

BricsCAD V17 adds parametric form features to the sheet metal module. Form features mimic the process when a forming tool deforms a piece of sheet metal. After the form is applied, you can edit it directly and parametrically through the Properties bar.

parametric form features BricsCAD V17

The library contains most commonly used form features, such as bridge, louver, and emboss.

The library contains most commonly used form features, such as bridge, louver, and emboss. You can import form features from other systems, and define your own custom forms. You can replace recognized imported form features with (near) identically ones from the library. The Mechanical Browser lists form features and their parameters.

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Flange Bend

Flange bend lets you bend an existing flange along a line, obeying the k-factor for given bend radius. The “k-factor” determines how much of the material’s thickness compresses and how much stretches during the bending process. When you import geometry, BricsCAD recognizes incorrectly-made bends and automatically repairs them.

Flange bend BricsCAD sheet metal

Wrong bends are recognized automatically and marked in red

Features can be recognized in imported geometry and automatically repaired. All wrong bends are marked red in the sheet metal parts and the properties bar.

Wrong bends BricsCAD Sheet Metal

Sheet Metal for BricsCAD lets designers import or create, rework, unfold, and export sheet metal parts using 3D direct modeling. This intuitive workflow gives your designers freedom from many of the conceptual mistakes that surface when using history-based MCAD modelers.

You will never need to restart your sheet metal designs from scratch because of modeling failures. Sheet Metal for BricsCAD guarantees the ultimate flexibility in how your models are created, modified, unfolded and re-folded.

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