SAN DIEGO, CA (SolidWorks World 2014 - Amada builds the most respected sheet metal machines in the business. Big ones - turrets, brakes, laser cutters, more.. the kind that hulk in noisy, surprisingly clean factories, accepting sheets wider than you can spread your arms, producing parts more precise than you'd expect from bent metal, costing more than your house. But a small part of their business seems to be software. Their SheetWorks program works on top of SolidWorks. You can use it to unfold a SolidWorks (or any Parasolid part) to get your flat pattern. Material properties are supplied. It claims to also be able to construct 3D parts from 2D views.
SheetWorks got a nod from a TenLinks judge, who suggested it as a prototype creator. "While 3D printers are suggesting that they can be used for manufacturing, Amada can actually do so. Why bother with a prototype when you can go to an actual manufactured sheet-metal part? "
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