Flatten command in Solid works
Flattening a surface
Flattening a Surface as an Example
Flattening a surface
SOLIDWORKS can produce manufacturing templates from any face, surface, or combination of faces. When working with surfaces that can be developed, such as sheet metal components with irregular bends, this is helpful.
The developable and non-developable surfaces and faces may be flattened using the SOLIDWORKS programme. A surface is said to be developable if it can be flattened onto a plane without distorting. When flattened, non-developable faces and surfaces sag.
On the surface, you may choose which drawings and curves to flatten. Also, you may choose which surface edges, curves, and doodles you want to be split lines or relief cuts. SOLIDWORKS creates a flattened surface body tangent to the edge from where the surface was flattened when you do so.
Folded surface Flattened surface tangent to the folded surface
The Feature Manager design tree has a Flatten-Surface feature. With Move Body, you may shift the Flatten-Surface functionality. Choose Move/Copy under Features > Insert.
To ensure the precision of your flattened surface, utilize the Measure tool. Calculate the folded and flattened features' surface area. The flattened characteristic could not be correct if the surface areas differ significantly. Deformation charts can be used to validate accuracy.
Many Faces/Surfaces Flattening
If the faces or surfaces match the criteria listed below, you can flatten several faces or surfaces into a single flatten-surface feature.
Solid Body Faces Flattening
A solid body can have its face flattened. This is helpful when making decals, dealing with fiberglass boat hulls and body panels, and in other situations where a solid body is given an outside surface.
One continuous direction of flattening is possible. For instance, two flattening features must be created to flatten the surface of the lantern top. Each feature is made up of a number of coincident faces that are all oriented in the same general direction.
Plot of Deformation
Right-click the flattened surface and select Deformation Plot from the menu that appears. The flattened surface's highest stretch and compression points are visible on the deformation plot. The proportion of deviation at each spot on the surface may be seen by moving the mouse over it.