Is there a PhysicalProperties.SurfaceArea for sheetmetal? or something that would give me the total used square footage of a given sheet metal psm? I need to exstract this value from the psm.
as it would help, You can use my macro MainDim.
This macro calculates the CutSize Area for any PSM part and write it as an exposed variable
So this at the moment is the rectangular area of the flat pattern not the real aera.
But I will try to midfy this macro for calculating this value too.
In the meantime You can put Your on variable into the table using the total area of the part minus cut length multiplied by the thickness and divided by two.
This at least will give You one surface value for the bend part, not the flat pattern.
I keep You informed if I was ablt to modfiy my MainDim macro.
In general, no.
However, if you are trying to estimate sheets to order material for the job. The flat pattern cut size X and Y are useful.
That I loosely call CutX and CutY
I use columns in the parts list to display this.
and this is what my macro MainDim is calculating as area.
Cutx multiplied by CutY gives CutArea
And as You have said, for cost analysis I also would suggest to use that value.
Normally You have tu use this rectangular area of Your gage for producing that piece of sheet metal.
Must users I know are doing just this.
I can't remember if volume is exposed or not, but if you needed more accuracy than X.Y you could do something like Vol/thickness = Area or (Mass/Density)/thickness = Area
Volume must not necessarily be exposed, it still is an variable which can be used for a variable calculation
Gage Area = Volume / Thickness
At least this results with trhe area of the bended psm, flat pattern differs a little, but I think this could be ignored
Good post by You!
I have just updated my MainDim macro by the enhancement of calculating the true area of the flat pattern!
So see attached ZIP file of the macro, read the two XML files (where evrything could be defined and named)
In SheetLaser.xml You will find the line
where You can define the name for the property containing the area of the flat pattern.
Hope this helps.
If there are any questions don't hesitate to ask here