Automatically unfold Sheet metal parts

BricsCAD Sheet Metal features one-click sheet metal parts unfolding. The software automatically detects and highlights any colliding bends. Once your design is ready for production, unfold the model and create your drawings. Export directly to CAM systems for manufacturing.

Junctions and Reliefs

With BricsCAD Sheet Metal, designers can use a new type of junction called Full overlap, as well as two new corner reliefs (V-type and circular).

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Feature Coloring

With feature coloring you can easily distinguish one sheet metal feature from another and visually validate your sheet metal parts. Each of the sheet metal features – flanges, bends, junctions and reliefs - has its own assigned color. You can easily re-set colors in the settings menu.

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Lofted Bends

BricsCAD allows you to create sheet metal parts with lofted surfaces. Supported profiles include lines, arcs, circles, rectangles, polylines and splines. Imported sheet metal parts with lofted bends can be edited and unfolded.

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Batch Processing

Batch processes of sheet metal parts and assemblies can be automated in large numbers 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.

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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.

Wrong bend

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.

Associative rib form features

Create associative rib form features on sheet metal parts made from 2D profiles. These rib features update automatically when their defining profile changes.

Design table

Import .csv files containing sets of parameter values. With these values, you can drive geometry to create families of 2D and 3D parts. These parameters are accessible from the Mechanical Browser in BricsCAD.