AutoCAD Inventor :: Cannot Convert To Sheet Metal Part

Sep 16, 2013

For whatever reason this part was not modeled as a sheet metal part from the beginning, but now we would like to convert it to one.  But when the "Convert to Sheet Metal" button is pressed, an error message pops up saying "This model cannot be converted to Sheet Metal because it contains features that have created multiple bodies.  In order to convert to Sheet Metal these features must first be removed".  The only way I can get this message to go away is to delete all the features.  This part is used in a few weldments, so I'd rather not have to redraw it, but I'm at a loss as to why it can't be converted.

Using Inventor Professional 2014.

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Aug 29, 2012

In previous releases (2009 i think) when i converted a standard part to a sheet metal part i could recall all the sheet metal styles by linking back to the sheet metal template (i can't remember exactly how this was done, but it was possible with one operation)

In 2011 i canot find a quick way of doing this, it looks like i have to open the sheet metal template and export each different style (about 40 of them) and then import each one into the converted part. am i missing something? is there a simpler way similar to how it used to be done? Why have Autodesk made this more difficult?

As it stands at the moment it would be quicker for me to remodel the parts from scratch using the sheet metal template. I know this is the obvious solution, but seems strange to change something that worked well to something that doesn't!

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Nov 15, 2011

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Dec 7, 2012

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Sep 3, 2013

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Oct 12, 2012

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Sep 17, 2013

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Jun 6, 2013

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Using the image below as a reference,

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(the construction lines are from the existing frame that this will be welded to.)

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Oct 12, 2011

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Jan 28, 2013

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Dec 20, 2012

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Nov 20, 2012

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Feb 7, 2013

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Aug 15, 2012

I have a very simple solid that consists of a lofted solid that was the "hollowed" out via the Shell command

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Apr 2, 2012

I am having trouble with a part that I wont to convert to sheetmetal and make a drawing with bend annotations.

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