SmParametrize creates a consistent set of 3D constraints for a selected sheet metal part and recognizes a rectangular array of holes on flanges.
SmParametrize takes into account implicit constraints from sheet metal features and ensures that the constraint system is not overdefined.
Note for best results, the sheet metal part should have a complete set of features, including flanges, bends, junctions, and bend & corner reliefs.
You can obtain a series of similar sheet metal parts with different dimensions if you edit constraints:
Example of a fully parametrized sheet metal part (left) with different sets of parameters applied (center and right):
Access the Command
command bar: smparametrize
menu bar: Sheet Metal | Parametrize
toolbar: Sheet Metal | Parametrize
ribbon: Sheet Metal | 3D Constraints | Parametrize
Quad cursor menu: Sheet Metal | Parametrize
Prompts you in the command bar:
Select 3D solids to parametrize or [Entire model] <Entire model>: (Select a sheet metal part or press Enter to parametrize all sheet metal parts in the drawing.)
Created 6 distance constraints
Created 3 fix constraints
Created 3 coincident constraints
Created 0 tangent constraints
Created 0 rigid set constraints
Total: 12 constraints and 0 array(s) created
You can edit the constraints in the Mechanical Browser panel.
- Parametrize holes: Toggles creation of rigid set constraints for internal holes on flanges.
- Convert holes to an array: Toggles a check for possible groups of holes and converts to a parametric, rectangular array.
MechanicalBrowserOpen - opens the Mechanical Browser panel.
SmConvert - automatically recognizes flanges, bends and lofted bends in a 3D solid.
SmExtrude - extrudes a planar polyline orthogonally to create a sheet metal part.
SmFlangeBase - creates a base (initial) flange, of a sheet metal part, from a closed 2D entity.
SmFlangeConnect - closes gaps between two arbitrarily oriented flanges.
SmFlangeEdge - pulls one or more edges of an existing flange to create one or more flanges on a sheet metal part.
SmFlip - Swaps the sides of a selected flange so that the reference faces are on the other geometric side of the flange.
SmReliefCreate - creates proper corner and bend reliefs.