Sandwich panel construction is a great way to achieve flatness in parts, tooling, and fixtures.
- This tooling is used as a bending fixture for a brass tube in a french horn. It guides a precise bend in the X,Y and Z direction.
- Note the rectangular coring out of the part saves print time / material cost.
- Note the automatic fiber routing to reinforce the top and bottom layers of the fixture.
- Clicking "Internal View" lets you see the fiber layout in the part.
- Note automatic sandwich panel construction.
Reinforcing the bend loading path
- The middle section of the part resists the bend forces of the tube.
- Fiber has been manually added to the middle section of the part to promote shape integrity during the bend process.
2D Editing View - Adding Fiber
- Enter the 2D view (clicking the toggle box in the upper right corner)
- Using the layer bar or the left and right arrow keys select the middle of the part
- Toggle the fiber button on (or use hotkey F). Wait momentarily for the layout.
- Scroll to the next layer (arrow keys) if you want to add more fiber.
- Note, if you click the fiber toggle button, you must click outside the editing window, back on the main window, to use the arrow key to scroll between layers.