Test Elements

  1. Units
    • At the start of the application, the units have to be selected, which is mm or inch.
  1. Material Selection
    • It is the selection of the material before starting the Design.  The available material is Carbon Steel; Aluminum; Stainless Steel; Galvanized Steel; Brass.
  1. Gauge
    • It is the measure of the thickness of the sheet metal and it has to be selected before starting the design. For example, Gauge 18 is a thickness of 1.270mm. Custom sizes of thickness can also be selected.
  1. K Factor
    • K factor is used to calculate the developed length of flat sheet metal required to make a bend of a specific radius and angle in a design. It is defined by the location of the sheet metal material’s neutral bend line with respect to the thickness. The neutral bend line’s position varies according to the type of sheet metal material used in a part. The numeric references range from 0 to 1. K factor is a ratio between the distances from the neutral bend line to the inside bends radius and the material thickness.
  1. Common Shapes
    • RapidCAD™ Sheet has a readily available library of shapes that can be easily created with a set of parameters.  Enter the values of the parameters and you instantaneously get the shapes. The following shapes are available.
      • C: The C shape has the following parameters Length, Width, Height, Angle, and Radius.
      • L: The L shape has the following parameters Length, Width, Length2, Angle, and Radius.
      • Z: The Z shape has the following parameters Length, Width1, Width2, Height, Angle and Radius
      • Hat: The Hat shape has the following parameters Length, width, width2, Height, angle, radius
      • Tray: The Tray has the following parameters Length, width, height, angle, and radius
      • Rolled Tube: It has the following parameters length, Diameter, angle
      • Filleted Flange: It has the following parameters width, height, and diameter
      • C with Filleted Flanges: It has the following parameters length, width, height, diameter, angle, and radius
  1. Flange
    • A flange feature consists of a face and bends connected to an existing face along a straight edge. To add a flange feature, you select one or more edges and specify the size and position of the material added. It has the following parameters Position, length, width, angle, and radius.
  1. Hem
    • The hem is formed by bending the sheet edge to 180degrees. It has the following parameters   Position, length, width, angle, radius
  1. Tab
    • A tab is a material added to a sheet metal face parallel to the same face. It has the following parameters Position, Length, Width.
  1. Fillet
    • Fillet is the rounding of an interior or exterior corner/edge of a part by using a radius parameter.
  1. Chamfer
    • The chamfer is a transitional edge between two faces of a sheet edge. It is given by distance on one edge and distance on another edge from the corner point.
  1. Bend relief
    • A Bend relief is an incision cut along the sides of a planned bend. They prevent tearing and part deformation during the bending process.
  1. Contacting Flanges/Hems Gap
    • It is the Gap between flanges /Hems which share a common corner.
  1. Bend
    • It is the plastic deformation of the sheet over an axis, creating a change in the part’s geometry
      • Swap Bended Side: This option controls/decides the fixed shape for the bent sheet metal, it can be swapped between the two faces.
  1. Holes
    • RapidCAD™ Sheet has a library of Hole types to be created on the face of sheet metal. The hole type can be selected from the below-mentioned list and it can be positioned on the sheet face with X and Y values. The hole can also be patterned with Repeat X and Repeat Y options.

- Hole types

      • Rectangle
      • Triangle
      • Circle
      • Semicircle
      • Slot
      • Oval
  1. Custom Cut
    • It is the creation of a cut-out feature on the face of the sheet metal. It is created by first creating a sketch of the profile to be cut out from the sheet metal face. When a face on which the custom cut is to be done is selected the 2D editing user interface comes up automatically, here the sketch is created and the dimensions are edited as required and now the 3D editor is selected to view the 3D design of the sheet metal with the cutouts.
  1. 2D editor
    • It is the Graphical user interface for the 2D entities that is the Sketch creation environment. It is used to create the Base flange of the sheet metal and also create custom cutouts on the face of the sheet metal. It has tools like the Line, Arc, and Common shapes.
  1. Undo/Redo
    • Undo/Redo is used to go back and forth in a sequence between the features created on the sheet metal design.
  1. Delete
    • It is used to delete entities selected on the screen
  1. Reset
    • The reset button is used for converting all the menus and entities back into the default state of operation.
  1. Zoom
    • It is used for Zooming in and out of the screen to visualize the design/model. Other states of Zoom are 100% fit and Zoom to Fit
      • Zoom in
      • Zoom out
      • Zoom 100%
      • Zoom to fit
  1. Pan
    • Pan option is used to move the Design in the screen using the mouse left button to visualize it comfortably.
  1. 3D editor
    • This is the Graphical User Interface screen where the Design/model can be viewed in 3D mode and it has tools to handle the design for other operations like viewing, selecting edges for sheet metal feature creation.
  1. 2D editor for Flattened view
    • This tool takes the user into a different 2D interface where the sheet metal is displayed in a flattened form on a drawing sheet. The sheet contains a Title block and a Bend table for the sheet metal design.
    • We also have dimensioning tools like Horizontal measurement; Vertical measurement; parallel measurement; angle with 3 points; angle with 2 points; segment measurement; Radius measurement; Text creating tools; Design Scaling tool and Sheet formats like A0, A1, A2, A3, A4, and US letter format.
  1. 2D editor for folded view
    • This tool takes the user into a different 2D interface where the sheet metal is displayed in a folded form on a drawing sheet. The sheet contains the front View, Left View, top view, Isometric view, Title block for the sheet metal design.
    • We also have dimensioning tools like Horizontal measurement; Vertical measurement; parallel measurement; angle with 3 points; angle with 2 points; segment measurement; Radius measurement; Text creating tools; Design Scaling tool and Sheet formats like A0, A1, A2, A3, A4, US letter format.
  1. Start Over
    • Start Over is used to begin the sheet metal design from the start when midway of designing the sheet metal
  1. Fold Sheetmetal
    • When in flattened condition, this tool helps in Folding the sheet metal back into the folded condition
  1. Unfold sheet metal
    • When in Folded condition, this tool helps in Unfolding the sheet metal to a flattened condition.
  1. Render options
    • These options help in viewing the sheet metal design on the 3D screen as shaded or wireframe
      • Shaded with wireframe
      • Shaded
      • Wireframe
  1. Projections
    • These options help in viewing the design in different projections like Front, Back, Left, Right, Top, Bottom, Isometric states.
  1. Creating Line
    • This can be done on the 2D sketcher environment to create a Base flange or make a custom cut on the face of the sheet metal. The created line’s dimension and orientation can be controlled with Geometrical constraints and dimensional constraints like Horizontal, Vertical, Parallel, Perpendicular, extend to the line, extend both lines to intersection, chamfer, fillet, and fix.
  1. Creating Arc
    • Similar to the line above, the Arcs can be created and they can be controlled using Geometrical and Dimensional constraints like Flip, Tangent, Fillet, and Fix
  1. Choosing a Shape
    • The other option of creating the Base flange other than the sketcher is by creating the following shapes – Rectangle, Triangle, Circle, RATL, RATR, Ring, Frame, RWIC, U, DC, Slot
  1. History
    • The history Tab keeps a record of all the features created in a Design with all the details like Serial number, dimensions of parameters, and other details of the features.
  1. Finish
    • This tab gives the information on the Surface finish of the model. The different standards available are   USA Ra- Micrometer; USA Ra -Micro Inch; USA Rms-Micro Inch
  1. Properties
    • This tab gives information about the Overall Flat sheet size as length and width.
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