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Beyond Training – Sheet Metal

Tuesday January 7, 2014 at 4:05pm
One of the tools in the Sheet Metal Command Manager that is unfortunately overlooked in the official Training Manuals is the 'Vent' command. It is relatively straight forward to use and therefore I have decided to write a short post about it. We can simply by creating a Sketch of our desired vent in conjunction with the command obtain some great features.
For this example I have produced a simple sketch offsetting Circles and creating 8 lines spaced 45 degrees apart.
Sheet Metal Vent Sketch
In the Vent property manager we specify the following:
'Boundary' This would usually be all sketch segments required to form a closed boundary.
'Geometry'  This is based upon a planar or non-planar face but the sketch must fit on the selection. We can also specify draft and whether we require filets at intersections.
 'Ribs' Here we select the entities that will be our Ribs and the width required.
'Spars' We can add additional entities and in this particular example the diagonal lines have been used.
Sheet Metal Vent Parameters
By Simon Beamish
Elite Applications Engineer

1 Comment

Sam Hoffman | March 25, 2014, 9:35am
I am training under a sheet metal fabrication company ( and also taking online self-training to learn the skills of fabricating software through assistance videos and also through some professional advice. Few times I've came across the Vent command and this post really helped in getting more info on the command.

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