How to convert Mirror Feature to Flange ?
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Personally i will never mix Sheet Metal and Modeling features for a sheet metal part design untill and unless it is absolutely necessary.
If you still wish to consider editing the MIRROR FLANGE as another unassociated flange then you can use Synchronous tools (changing length/orientation etc.)
I agree with @kapilsharma on the first point
For a robust and quality sheet metal model, it is advisable to reserve the modeling commands as they are intended. For example - design the right hand side of your design and mirror to get the left hand side; then use Unite to join them as desired.
If you require a different flange, then removed the mirror and create the flange - it will be time well spent for downstream edits.
I would avoid synchronous in sheet metal. If used with care then it has some success however I would advise caution as some synchronous commands can destroy the sheet metal intelligence. For angle change, use Resize Bend Radius.
Does some modeling software (Inventor 2006 or such) make seperate features when Mirror is used ? Or do they all make a box called *Mirror Feature*.
Until today I was in a belief that Mirror copies the selected features and creates new ones out of them: like...
Flange(1) -> Flange(4)
Now NX 9:
Flange(1) -> Mirror Feature(4)
Sorry...i have no idea about Inventor but i have worked with 2 other solutions besides NX and could not remember having this feature (of making Mirror Feature a unique feature)
I rarely use the 'Mirror Feature' command because the result can be unpredictable.
In the attached image the same command sequence with NX7.5 and NX11.