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Sheet Metal/Bent Wire - Please Help

Sheet Metal/Bent Wire - Please Help

Sheet Metal/Bent Wire - Please Help

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I am looking to create a model of a simple piece of wire that actually is bent as it is inserted into an upper-level assembly.  The part comes to me as a straight piece of wire, but will actually bend and conform to a pre-bent piece of tubing it is inserted into.  Is there a way to model such a thing so that I may have a modeled part (.ipt)that reflects the bend, but has a "configuration" (sorry, a SWX term), or a flat pattern that I can use for a detail drawing (.idw)?  I don't want two different models, since this is in reality only one part.

Please help.  I can imagine this working in the sheet metal mode, but it is simply a cylinder and doesn't seem to take to INV's sheet metal functions.

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RE: Sheet Metal/Bent Wire - Please Help

Have you found a way to do this yet?  I have the same problem.

RE: Sheet Metal/Bent Wire - Please Help

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Yep...  I modeled a part that was in a "bent" configuration and one that was in a "straight" configuration, which meant that I also had to have a "bent" and "straight" subassembly and a "bent" and "straight" top-level assembly.  This is NOT what I wanted to do, but no other work-around was found - no one has responded to this request.  Please fill me in if you find another solution.

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