Sheet Metal functions

BricsCAD’s Sheet Metal stands among the most intelligent sheet metal design programs. It recognizes flanges and bends, including lofted bends, in any 3D solid model, creates corner and bend reliefs automatically for neighboring flanges and it converts hard edges to bends and junctions with just one click. Need a thickness accordingly calibrated to flanges? Sheet Metal allows you to intelligently rethicken bodies and bend faces.

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Junctions and Reliefs

BricsCAD V16 offers sheet metal designers a new type of junction — full overlap — and two new corner reliefs, V-type and circular.

Feature Coloring

BricsCAD colors the faces of sheet metal bodies by painting features in different colors: flanges, bends, junctions, and reliefs. This validates visually the correctness of your sheet metal designs.

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Lofted Bends

BricsCAD creates sheet metal parts with lofted surfaces representing smooth transitions between two profiles, such as between lines, arcs, circles, rectangles, polylines, and splines. Imported sheet metal parts with lofted bends can be edited and unfolded.

Batch Processing

Batch processes of large numbers of sheet metal parts and assemblies can be automated using a dedicated LISP API. This automation feature accomplishes tasks, such as producing families of sheet metal parts of different sizes. Example LISP scripts are included with BricsCAD.

Automatically unfold Sheet metal parts

Ready to prepare your sheet metal design for production? BricsCAD Sheet Metal allows you to unfold sheet metal parts with just one click. Any colliding bends will be automatically highlighted in red, so you don’t have to worry about overlooking minor flaws. Once you’re done, you can export the unfolded sheet metal designs to .dwg and .dxf files, complete with annotations for manufacturing with CAM systems.

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