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Notes from the February 4, 2008 meeting at the Nashua Library.

Hello members, friends, and guests, 

The February meeting was quite successful with a larger than usual attendance.
By popular demand meetings will continue in the greater Nashua area, although we are interested in finding a new location in a local school or business conference room.  Preferably a place where it would be possible to bring in food or have it close by.

Here are a few of the tips that you may have missed during the presentations:
1. SolidWorks World 2009 will be in Orlando, FL at the Disney Dolphin resort.
     a. Based on Cindy's overview of this years event, mark your calendars now.

2. Modeling sheet metal parts with sketched and extruded flanges and then using the `Insert Bends' function may allow you to build more complicated parts.
    a. Starting with Base Flange and adding sheet metal features may be easier in that it loosely follows the step by step forming process.
          i. It may also yield a part that rebuilds faster, particularly if the feature count is lower than the comparative Insert Bends part.

3. When you have a part of just moderate complexity that loads and rebuilds slowly, use the Tools - Feature Statistics function to examine the part and identify the feature or feature combination that is taking the majority of rebuild time.
     a. If this is to be a library part, or a common component in multiple larger assemblies, seriously consider alternative methods to get the same geometry.

4. When confronted with a double miter flange or similar situation that the Close Corner function cannot completely close, simply add an `Unfold' feature to that bend region, drawn in your own corner filling extrude, and lastly insert a second `Fold' feature.

5. Parts with large radii that are multiple orders of magnitude bigger than the smallest radius in the same part, may require that you check on the [x] Custom Bend Allowance option for that bend to get the most accurate flat pattern.

6. For further information look to the following:
http://www.sheetmetaldesign.com/index.htm

http://www.tyharness.co.uk/sheetmetal/

http://www.appliedproduction.com/SolidWorks.htm

http://www.sheetmetalguy.com/bend-calculator.htm