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Year 8 Docking Station

Development Exercises Using Solid Edge (Sheetmetal) apply the following techniques to reproduce the 3 dimensional shapes given. Once the shape is produced in 3D, we will use solid edge to flatten the object out into a 2D development. Open a Traditional ISO Sheet Metal document.

Select the Tab tool and Select a plane on which to begin; Top, Right or Front. Draw your first side using the drawing tools at the top of the page. Once complete, click on the green tick top left of screen.

Determine the thickness of your material (for Docking station use 0.1mm) and click in the direction of the extrusion. Click Finish once complete.

Use the Flange Tool to add a side to your part. You will change the shape of this side later and just need to determine the height and angle of the flange at this stage.

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Select an edge to work off and drag the mouse in the direction of the flange. You may type the height into the drop down box or manually click at the desired height. Angle must be typed in manually. Click Finish once complete.

You can now adjust the shape of the flange using the Select tool box and Edit Profile Option. Adjust a line length by clicking the line and adjust an angle by clicking the angle displayed. You can use the drawing tools to add details such as curves and to trim unwanted line sections. Click finish once you have achieved the desired shape.

In order to create more complicated geometric shapes, you need to add additional tabs. Select the face to which you need to add the tab and use the drawing tools to create the additional shapes.

Continue to add Flanges and Tabs using the above techniques until you have completed your desired object. In some cases it may not be possible to add a flange to a chosen edge. Before seeking teacher assistance, see if it is possible to add the flange to an alternative edge. Page |2


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To convert the image into a development, select Save As then Save As Flat. You need to select a surface to be orientated upwards, then select an X-Axis (Any line will do) You will then be able to decide where to save your .par file.

To display the development, you need to open a new document. Select ISO Draft, or Open a draft template supplied by your teacher.

Use the View Wizard tool and follow the instructions in order to import your development into the draft template.

You may need to repeat the above step to achieve the most desired view.

To Import your development into Adobe Illustrator, you need to save your image as a .dwg. Click Save As and select AutoCAD Documents (.dwg).

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