I bent up a part in sheet metal, it's 3/16" plate and it will be cut on a plasma cutter. I have no access to a brake, so I'd like to make cuts in the bend lines such that I can bend up the plate by hand. (Or by hammer. )
Here's a photo that shows the plasma prepared bend lines I am trying to accomplish http://www.jcroffroad.com/mm5/graphics/00000001/XJ-DIYFront1.jpg
Any thoughts on how I might accomplish that?
And any thoughts on how wide that gap should be? (Equal to plate thickness? Equal to bend line borders already given by solid edge?)
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You can add features in the flattened state.
So simply add your cuts.
in the formed part you can add normal cuts across the bend. By using normal cut the feature will flatten properly.
Could also use the "Etch" command on an unbend / sketch / etch / rebend of the part to make the cut "line entity" show in the flat pattern, for the plasma to follow.
If you actuall need a width cut, then unbending / cutout / rebend is your process.
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