Variable "metrial thickness" is read only??

Good day all.

 

I am new to the forum so first off Hi to everyone.

 

Okay so i have a problem, I have a plate which I converted from a part copy.

The plate's original thickness was 3mm and now that i want to change it to 1.6mm

it gives me the following error "Variable "metrial thickness" is read only".

When I try to bend it or when i just want to change the thickness while using "convert to sheet metal" function. is when i get this error.

 

Please also see attachments, a drawing to see bends and part copy to work off.

If you could perhaps give me some advise it would be apriciated?

 

Thanks

11 REPLIES

Re: Variable "metrial thickness" is read only??

Creator
Creator

Did you convert the part to sheet metal first? I was able to move your part through the steps which allowed me to change the material thickness.

 

I attached the part done in ST8 that has been converted. Also for reference I began with the inside faces so the material moved outward.

Re: Variable "metrial thickness" is read only??

Esteemed Contributor
Esteemed Contributor

@Zach0350,  Nice!

 

Besides the fact that I can't successfully transform it, where is the thin part to sheet metal command icon? I can find the command with command finder but it doesn't point to any of my menus.

Bruce Shand
ST9 MP10 - Insight - Win10 - K4200

Re: Variable "metrial thickness" is read only??

Esteemed Contributor
Esteemed Contributor

@bshand that command is visually set out only slightly different for Synchronous & Ordered, by is on the same "Tools" tab.

 

ST8_PSM_Ord_Tools_Transform_ThinPartToSheetMetal.png

 

ST8_PSM_Sync_Tools_Transform_ThinPartToSheetMetal.png

Sean Cresswell
Design Manager Streetscape Ltd
Solid Edge ST10 [MP2] Classic [x2 seats]
Windows 10 - Quadro P2000

Re: Variable "metrial thickness" is read only??

Esteemed Contributor
Esteemed Contributor

@SeanCresswell Interestingly, or maybe not, for some reason the transform commands were not in my ribbon for either mode. Now it's fixed. Thanks mucho.

Bruce Shand
ST9 MP10 - Insight - Win10 - K4200

Re: Variable "metrial thickness" is read only??

Esteemed Contributor
Esteemed Contributor

@bshand could it have been that you hadn't done the "Switch to Sheet Metal" at that point?

Sean Cresswell
Design Manager Streetscape Ltd
Solid Edge ST10 [MP2] Classic [x2 seats]
Windows 10 - Quadro P2000

Re: Variable "metrial thickness" is read only??

Esteemed Contributor
Esteemed Contributor

If you mean the lack of success in transforming I tried both ways but I can't get it to work yet.

Edit: It seems I don't know what I'm doing.

Edit2: If anyone wants to enumerate the steps I'd be obliged. Do I do "part to sheet metal" or "thin part to sheet metal" or something else?

Bruce Shand
ST9 MP10 - Insight - Win10 - K4200

Re: Variable "metrial thickness" is read only??

Honored Contributor
Honored Contributor

Glad to see I'm not the only one going "Doh"....That's how it's done....every day after using the software for almost 2 years.

 

Today I learned a big one, this is unrelated, but puts things in perspective.

The good help for revision manager is actually under the label Insight-connect. Not to be confused with Insight. That small **bleep** bit would have saved me hours of banging my head on a wall about revision manager. After reading that topics help, I learned I can use windows to copy entire directory structures of files without messing them up. My file management just became 50 times easier. I can actually re-use projects vs. needing to reassembly after moving each sub assembly using RM.

Re: Variable "metrial thickness" is read only??

Creator
Creator

The part to sheet metal worked for me under ordered. I had be very selective of the starting face, bent edges, and then which direction to set the thickness. The program kept glitching out until I realized i was choosing the edges on opposite sides of the part (which annoyingly made a difference).

 

Also from my part above I practiced deleting and moving faces to clean up the sheetmetal. This could also be tuned in the flat pattern and the gage table values.

 

Re: Variable "metrial thickness" is read only??

Esteemed Contributor
Esteemed Contributor

Could someone share a video of how to convert this thing?

Bruce Shand
ST9 MP10 - Insight - Win10 - K4200