SOLIDWORKS: Grain Direction Note

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Yes, you can get a Grain direction note added to your drawings in SOLIDWORKS. Your part needs to have a Sheet Metal feature and Flat Pattern feature. Edit the Flat Pattern feature to set the Grain dirction/coil direction first. Then on the drawing, insert a Bend Table and the Grain direction note as well as the Fixed Face note will appear. Check out the video here:   Enjoy! – Jim Krivoshein Computer Aided Technology, Inc.

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Sheet Metal “Grain Direction” / Coil Direction

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Here is another reason to read the "What's New" document (p.50-52) with each release of SolidWorks. 😉 With SOLIDWORKS 2011 there is a prominent new feature for your sheet metal blank, the "bounding box". This is the smallest rectangle that the parts blank("flat pattern") will fit. The "bounding box" is a sketch found under the Flat-Pattern feature and can be toggled on/off.   In addition to the new "bounding box" sketch, there is a new option in the property manager for the Flat-Pattern […]

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