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ATHENA Sheet Metal & Panel

A constituent part of ATHENA is the complete sheet editing program for the quicker design of sheets with the associated developments.

ATHENA contains a complete sheet editing program for the quicker design of sheets with the associated developments.

The advantages of the sheet editing program are summarized below:

  • Any primary surfaces, folds, processes, separations and types of joint
  • Sheet generation by accepting a 2D cross-section or directions in a dialog box
  • Continuous visual checks via the 3D viewer with zoom/pan functions.
  • Development computation via factor tables as is used in metal construction
  • Sheets are managed in libraries (order, partial order, etc.).
  • Development produced automatically in DXF format for NC machine control.
  • Fully compatible to ATHENA 3D
  • No procurement of additional “sheet-development software” is required unless the processing involves extremely complex metal sheets.
ATHENA Sheet Metal

Composite Panels

Apart from normal sheets, composite panels can be processed, e.g. Alucobond and Reynobond. Various types of joint are also available.

Features

  • Fold
  • Processing
  • Butt Joint
  • Sheet Metal Section

Fold

Then, the various edges are set and copied in the easiest way to adjacent or opposite sides. Many different types of joint are available for the folds. Folds appended to a primary surface can be cropped and beveled with an angle.

Processing

Holes or punch-outs can be set in the sheet body at any time. There are basic shapes such as circles, rectangles or free contours available for this purpose. Customized contours can be generated and saved in a library for reuse. The editing processes can be set absolute or associative and rows of punch outs are also possible.

Butt Joint

The description of the joint formation, which is important for the development, is easily entered in a dialog box, e.g., the gap dimension and nature of the corners of the fold. The computation of the development occurs according to the factor tables normally used in metal construction and can be saved as required.

Sheet Metal Section

Apart from normal sheets, composite panels can be processed, e.g. Alucobond and Reynobond. Various types of joint are also available.

The produced sheet can be inserted into ATHENA as a development or 3D model. The development can also be saved as a DXF or XML file or transferred to MS Excel.