better tubing software

Discussion in 'SolidWorks' started by Chainsaw, Apr 2, 2004.

  1. Chainsaw

    Chainsaw Guest

    Does anyone know of a good program for unbending tubes? I know about
    the little trick using the sheet metal unfold command on a tube drawn
    square (with rounded corners), but i need something to work with more
    complicated tubes.

    We punch all our holes in copper tubing before bending, and a nice
    flat view of where holes are located in the flat would be great. Right
    now i add all of my holes in the bent up tube, then calculate what
    angle and location they need to be at in the flat. After this a new
    flat view has to be "drawn". I guess i'm getting spoiled by software
    doing the calculating and orientation work for me, because all of this
    thinking makes me tired by the end of the day!
    Chainsaw, Apr 2, 2004
  2. I have heard good things about Tube Cad. (I think that is the name) I used
    to work with alot of tubing manufacturers, but it has been a while. Though
    doing searches for it on the internet I could only find Spectrum5. Looks
    like there is some integration with SW
    Corey Scheich, Apr 2, 2004
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