Converts a selected set of faces to a form feature or explodes form feature into flanges and bends.
In Create mode the command allows to define a form feature by selecting the faces manually, which can be necessary if automatic recognition by SmConvert does not produce the expected result. E.g.: if you insert and dissolve the Cardguide form feature from the library, SmConvert recognizes two forms features, because their geometry is separated. Manual selection of the form feature faces when executing SmForm solves the problem.
In Explode mode the command dissolves the form feature and tries to recognize its geometry as flanges and bends. This can be helpful if SmConvert incorrectly recognizes the design as a form feature.
Accessing the Command
command bar: smform
menu bar: Sheet Metal | Form | Define form Faces
toolbar: Sheet Metal | Define form Faces>
ribbon: Sheet Metal | Modify | Define Form
Prompts you in the command bar:
Select form feature faces [Create new form feature/Explode form feature] <Create new form feature>: (Select faces or choose an option to switch the command mode to Create or Explode.)
Create new form feature
Sets the command in Create mode, which creates new form features.
Prompts you to select faces which do not belong to any existing feature.
Explode form feature
Sets the command in Explode mode, which explodes existing form features into flanges and bends.
Prompts you to select faces of existing form features. At least one face of each form feature to be exploded must be selected.
BmInsert - inserts an existing mechanical component or sheet metal form feature into the current drawing.
SmConvert - automatically recognizes flanges and bends in a 3D solid.
SmDelete - removes a bend or a junction by restoring a hard edge between two flanges; removes a flange with all the bends adjacent to it. The adjacent flanges are extended up to a junction configuration with the flange being deleted. Removes miter by restoring geometry being cut by the feature.
SmDissolve - removes sheet metal data from the selected features.