Working in conjunction with
your CAD system, ProFold Wireframe supplements its
capabilities. ProFold Wireframe is designed to assist
you in transforming 3D CAD drawings of formed sheet metal
parts to correct flat blank layouts.
Parts may be drawn as
simple wire frame models or complete 3D models including the
material thickness and arcs in the bend areas. ProFold Wireframe automatically finds each flange and
identifies the cutouts and punched holes associated with them. As the part is
folded or unfolded, the holes and cutouts are adjusted according to the bend
You may also convert 2D
flat layouts to correct 3D formed parts and even add
material thickness to these parts. Thickness may also be
added to any existing formed part.
You may specify a different bend radii for each bend area of the part. ProFold
Wireframe is fully integrated with AutoCAD, Mechanical Desktop,
KeyCreator, and CADKEY
under Windows 2000 and Windows XP.
Ease of Use
ProFold Wireframe is very easy to use. Dialog boxes
allow you to quickly identify the operation you wish to
perform and to set any desired options. Input requirements
are minimal; customizable defaults are provided for all
Fold / Unfold Capabilities
ProFold Wireframe can fold or unfold a CAD drawing of
almost any sheet metal part which is formed by constant
radius bending of angles up to 360 degrees. Even flanges
which are completely internal to the part are easily
recognized and correctly transformed.
permits bends of different radii on the same
Bends of any angle and at any orientation are supported, as
well as hems and offset bends.
allows you to unfold parts in one step.
If all of the bend areas use
the same bend parameters, Auto Mode allows you to automate
the processing step. Bend lines can be coded by using any
combination of color, level, and line type in order to be
automatically recognized by ProFold. If a part has bends
with different radii and the arcs have not been drawn into
the bend areas, you must use the interactive method of
processing so that you can specify the exact bend radius for
Formed parts may be drawn with or without material
thickness. Parts drawn as simple wire frames can be enhanced by ProFold Wireframe
to show the material thickness and arcs in the bend area. Whether you make simple brackets or complex multi-bend parts, ProFold Wireframe
will save you hours of manual calculations while increasing the accuracy of your
The Tech Table stores
bend parameters such as thickness,
bend radius, and bend compensations,
minimizing the need to re-enter data for each job.
Transitions and Cones
Transitions and cones may be unfolded with ProFold Wireframe.
chart is automatically generated along with the flat
Each bend area is labeled for cross reference to
the bend chart. Results can include bend lines or mold lines.
ProFold provides four methods of determining the bend
adjustment for any bend: specify either the actual bend allowance,
the outside bend compensation, the inside bend compensation, or
allow ProFold to calculate the bend adjustment by using the standard
formula for determining bend allowance (K Factor). ProFold
Wireframe allows customization of the defaults and the options.