Gone are the days of having to use tin snips to cut out sheet metal fitting shapes. Design2FAB Software lets you choose from a large library of fittings, size them, and flatten them out. There are two Design2Fab Options:
Design2Fab Enterprise Edition - Sheet metal Design Software
• Provides a fully integrated flat pattern sheet metal layout with
DXF output and estimating/costing
Design2Fab Foreman Edition - Sheet metal Design Software
• Provides automated flat pattern sheet metal layout with DXF
The Torchmate CAD Module then imports the flattened shapes, and automatically adds lead-ins/lead outs, as well as kerf compensation. It then nests the shapes to occupy the smallest possible amount of material. Then cut them out on your Torchmate, and form them with a sheet metal brake. The CAD Module is priced separately at $874.50.
You begin by selecting the desired fitting from a comprehensive library of available choices. Simply double click on the piece you want to make.
Next, you enter the dimensions desired for the part. You can rotate the 3D image, and zoom in to make sure it is the way you want it.
The last step is to create the flattened out shape, and export it as a dxf file. It is now ready to be cut, or for duplication, nesting, and/or other processing by the Torchmate CAD Module prior to cutting.