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Cubalibre00 (Mechanical) (OP)
8 Apr 12 6:12
Hi,
can someone explain me the purpose of mirror body in sheet metal ?
The procedure is very awesome.
Why the feature doesn't merge the result like mirror feature ?

The procedure to use mirror body is the following :
1.Create half of the sheet metal body using normal NX Sheet Metal design practices and features.

2.Create a plane along one thickness face of the model upon which you want to mirror the body.

3.Change to the Modeling application and create the second half of the finished part using the Mirror Body command.
Choose Insert→Associative Copy→Mirror Body.

4.Unite the two bodies. Choose Insert→Combine Bodies→Unite.

5.Switch back to the NX Sheet Metal application and use the Convert to Sheet Metal command to change the final body to a sheet metal part.
On the NX Sheet Metal toolbar, select Convert to Sheet Metal,  or choose Insert→Convert→Convert to Sheet Metal.

6.Create your Flat Solid or Flat Pattern feature, or continue your design.

 

Thank you...

Using NX 8 and TC8.3

mz7dyj (Computer)
9 Apr 12 12:52
"-The purpose of mirror body in sheet metal?" What do you mean?..
Why do you need to create Mirror Body?
The shape you provided in picture could be created using Base Contour Flange, only!
mz7dyj (Computer)
9 Apr 12 14:03
I meant, the shape you provided in picture could be created using just the Base Contour Flange!  
JohnRBaker (Mechanical)
9 Apr 12 14:31
It could also be produced by creating the Base Tab, adding the Flanges on one side and them using Mirror Feature to mirror the Flanges about the center plane of the Base Tab.  Then there would be no need to perform any 'Convert to Sheet Metal' operations.

John R. Baker, P.E.
Product 'Evangelist'
Product Engineering Software
Siemens PLM Software Inc.
Industry Sector
Cypress, CA
http://www.siemens.com/plm
UG/NX Museum:   http://www.plmworld.org/p/cm/ld/fid=209

To an Engineer, the glass is twice as big as it needs to be.
 

Cubalibre00 (Mechanical) (OP)
10 Apr 12 11:24
Hi,
this was an example to discuss the procedure, not the real example part.
Mirror Feature works for simple situation, but when I need a mirror body...the procedure is very absurd.

1) Why mirror body doesn't merge itself as other CAD does (Solid Edge, SolidWorks, Inventor, Catia and Pro-E) ?

2) Why unite command is not present in the sheet metal toolbar, oblige me to switch to other application ?

3) Why I need to perform a convert to sheet metal if is a sheet metal (this only because I switched to modeling application) ?

Thank you...

Using NX 8 and TC8.3

JohnRBaker (Mechanical)
10 Apr 12 12:20
Sounds like good ideas for some ER's.  You know the number for GTAC.  Give them a call.

John R. Baker, P.E.
Product 'Evangelist'
Product Engineering Software
Siemens PLM Software Inc.
Industry Sector
Cypress, CA
http://www.siemens.com/plm
UG/NX Museum:   http://www.plmworld.org/p/cm/ld/fid=209

To an Engineer, the glass is twice as big as it needs to be.
 

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