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Mastering Autodesk® Inventor® 2012 and Autodesk® Inventor LT™ 2012 by Curtis Waguespack

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Understanding Sheet-Metal Parts

The sheet-metal environment was introduced in Inventor Release 2. Since sheet-metal parts have so many unique requirements, such as flat patterns and manufacturing-specific features, a modified part file is used. The same .ipt filename extension is used for sheet-metal parts, but extra sheet-metal capabilities and data are added. To create a sheet-metal part, you can use the Sheet Metal.ipt template or simply click the Convert To Sheet Metal button found on the Model tab of a standard part file.

To understand how sheet-metal parts work, it is important to keep in mind that sheet-metal design is driven by manufacturing considerations. A basic sheet-metal part consists of flat faces joined by bends. For cost-effective ...

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