Working with Sheet Metal Parts
Sheet metal fabrication follows rules. For bending operations, certain things are not allowed. For example, you can’t fold material if you cannot cut the part in the flat pattern, and material comes in certain standard thicknesses.
It’s entirely possible to construct sheet metal parts using solid modeling tools, such as Extrude and Revolve, but working with specialized tools eliminates steps, and because these tools work with styles, changing the style that the part is based on updates the part.
In this chapter, you will create different parts using the sheet metal tools of the Autodesk® Inventor® software. The operation of these tools is essentially similar to other solid modeling tools, so they should ...