If you’re at the Pacific Design and Manufacturing 2017 conference today in Anaheim, California, please stop by the Onshape Agile Design Pavilion (Booth 3401) to see the first live demo of our soon-to-be released “Simultaneous Sheet Metal” tools!
If you’re unable to say hello in person, there’s good news. You can still get a sneak preview of Onshape Sheet Metal by watching this video.
Just on the heels of releasing In-Context Editing, which eliminates the pains of top-down assembly design in traditional CAD, the live demos will explore how sheet metal professionals can speed up their design process in the following ways:
Take a look at the Onshape Sheet Metal screenshot at the top of this blog. Designers and manufacturers no longer have to bounce back and forth between screens to see how changes in one view will impact another view. Everything you need is right there in front of you. If you pick bends in the wrong place, you’ll see an immediate visual warning that the flat pattern won’t work and get the tools to fix it.
“Simultaneous Sheet Metal Views allow you to create your model easier with more flexibility,” explains Scott Harris, Onshape’s VP of Product Definition and User Experience. “Part of the beauty here is that you can start down one path and if things aren't right, you can just change it around without having to start over again. In fact, you can refactor your model by switching around rips and bends."
Principal software engineer Lana Saksonov, project leader on Onshape’s Sheet Metal team, notes that the new sheet metal workflow capitalizes on the unique collaboration capabilities of full-cloud CAD and brings designers and manufacturers closer together.
“Designers and manufacturers work on the same CAD models with different concerns,” she says. “Communication often breaks down, which sometimes causes manufacturers to completely rebuild models from scratch.”
“Our goal was to combine parametric tools for designing sheet metal with tools that allow manufacturing process-driven changes without violating the design intent,” Saksonov adds. “Onshape’s sheet metal functionality is able to automatically take care of details like corner and bend reliefs, letting designers focus on higher-level features.”
Onshape’s application partners at the Pacific Design and Manufacturing conference, who share our mission of helping companies become more agile, include the following:
The Agile Design Pavilion is also sponsored by Amazon Web Services, which provides Onshape’s global network of servers.
Onshape’s new sheet metal tools were created to streamline the collaboration between designers and fabrication shops. Product developer Wes Johnson calls the new capabilities “amazing.”
South Carolina engineer Wes Johnson, co-founder of Parmetric, a new rapid prototyping service, has been one of Onshape’s early visibility testers for sheet metal. His company is devoted to helping product designers get parts made faster and easier than ever before.
“The live flat-pattern view and bend table is simply amazing,” he says. “This paradigm emphasizes designing parts, versus designing just geometry. From a manufacturing perspective, this will greatly reduce the headache of going from CAD design to finished parts for both part designers and fabrication shops.”
Parmetric will soon be offering a sheet metal app in the Onshape App Store that allows designers to get automated quotes for their parts, select materials and finish options, and finally order the parts.
Onshape’s new precision sheet metal features will be made available to all full-cloud CAD users in the next release. You can watch the video now!