Unfold

Unfold is software for calculating

production adjusted flat patterns from 3D models created in any CAD system. 

Main benefits

Unfolding of all single part sheet metal models.
Bend deductions adjusted to your specific practical production, not some theoretical rules
Independent from other software, but works with any software
Easy to learn and use
Work with Industry 4.0 integrations

Features at a glance

Import of most major 3D and 2D CAD formats
Production based flat pattern calculation
Easily created and maintained material database
Easy to learn and use
Bend tooling considered in calculation of flat patterns
Generation of part reports
Automated and configurable production data creation

Data import

Being able to work with 3D engineering data is a crucial part of any modern sheet metal production workflow.

AutoPOL directly imports most major 3D CAD file formats.

It is not only the 3D model itself that will be imported. Also CAD specific properties will be read. These are maintained with the part throughout the process and can be used downstream for various purposes. For example quoting, planning and analysis.

Industry 4.0 & Connectivity

AutoPOL fits well in an Industry 4.0 environment 
With the Industry 4.0 Data Sharing protocol any software system can extract information and data from AutoPOL. This can be, for example, part information or properties from the imported CAD file. This data can then be used for quoting, planning, analysis,

or anything else you can imagine. 

Available in two tiers

Unfold is available in two different product tiers, to suit different needs and budgets. 

This way the small company with limited needs to the large manufacturer looking to fully automate their sheet metal unfolding process can find a suitable solution. 

You can compare these two tiers under Read more.

Batch & Remote

Add-on

An add-on that enables you to automate the processing of parts or assemblies and connect your own software systems to remote control or extract data from AutoPOL.

Design

Add-on

A 3D design tool for simple sheet metal parts, such as brackets, boxes and profiles. 
This a suitable add-on for those who need a simple way to create basic 3D sheet metal parts. 

Main benefits

Unfolding of all single part sheet metal models.
Bend deductions adjusted to your specific practical production, not some theoretical rules
Independent from other software, but works with any software
Easy to learn and use
Work with Industry 4.0 integrations

Features at a glance

Import of most major 3D and 2D CAD formats
Production based flat pattern calculation
Easily created and maintained material database
Bend tooling considered in calculation of flat patterns
Generation of part reports
Automated and configurable production data creation

Data import

Being able to work with 3D engineering data is a crucial part of any modern sheet metal production workflow.

AutoPOL directly imports most major 3D CAD file formats.

It is not only the 3D model itself that will be imported. Also CAD specific properties will be read. These are maintained with the part throughout the process and can be used downstream for various purposes. For example quoting, planning and analysis.

Industry 4.0 & Connectivity

AutoPOL fits well in an Industry 4.0 environment 
With the Industry 4.0 Data Sharing protocol any software system can extract information and data from AutoPOL. This can be, for example, part information or properties from the imported CAD file. This data can then be used for quoting, planning, analysis,

or anything else you can imagine. 

Available in two tiers

Unfold is available in two different product tiers, to suit different needs and budgets. 

This way the small company with limited needs to the large manufacturer looking to fully automate their sheet metal unfolding process can find a suitable solution. 

You can compare these two tiers under Read more.

Batch & Remote

Add-on

An add-on that enables you to automate the processing of parts or assemblies and connect your own software systems to remote control or extract data from AutoPOL.

Design

Add-on

A 3D design tool for simple sheet metal parts, such as brackets, boxes and profiles. 
This a suitable add-on for those who need a simple way to create basic 3D sheet metal parts. 

Here are all the different file formats that are included with different packages and which version is currently supported. With AutoPOL Bendsim and Bend0sim Pro you can convert flat patterns with bend lines into 3D files from the 2D files mentioned below. AutoPOL files (.polp) created and saved with Bendsim Pro / Unfold Pro cannot be opened with Bendsim / Unfold (non-Pro versions).

* 3DExperience (Catia V6) users should export their database objects as Catia V5 CATParts/CATProducts

System integrators can easily extract data and graphics from AutoPOL files.
That is done using a simple and well-documented protocol that gives access to part specific data along with manufacturing data. So basically anything from material, weight and thickness to cutting lengths, cycle time estimates and tooling used.

Also available are also images of the part and flat pattern to use as, for example, previews.
There are even 3D models of the part and flat pattern that can be shown by implementing our free AutoPOL AGX Graphics Viewer into your system.

With all of this made available, it is up to you to imagine and decide what you want to use it for.
But some common functionality that many develop is for example automation of quoting, manufacturability checks, production planning and performance evaluation.



Add-ons


                     Add- on batch & remote

                     Add- on design

                     Network license


3D file import


                     Step

                     Acis

                     Iges

                     Native Cad files

                     Parts

                     Assemblies

                     Cad properties


2D file import


                     DXF

                     DWG


3D file export


                     Step

                     Acis


2D file export


                     DXF

                     GEO


General


                     Industry 4.0 datasharing

                     Custom properties

                     Dimension

                     Process wizard

                     Production file generation

                     Process documentation

                     Barcodes

                     Shared settings


Unfold


                     Step bends

                     Reference/Filmside

                     Assembly processing

Unfold Pro⭐




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Unfold




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Native CAD Files:

Gives the possibility to open native file formats from various CAD systems.

Parts:

CAD files containing a single part.

Assemblies:

CAD files containing multiple parts.

CAD properties:

Properties defined in the CAD file will be imported, used and saved with the AutoPOL file for later access.

GEO:

Trumpf 2D GEO files.

Industry 4.0 data sharing:

A protocol to extract information from AutoPOL to be used in integrations with various software systems.

Custom properties:

The capability to set Custom Properties of the file/part and use that information later in the process.

Dimensioning:

Simple annotation tool usable on the part or flat pattern.

Number of machines:

How many machines that are allowed in the library.

Number of postprocessor:

How many different post processors / controller output types that are available. If limited, which one is selected by the user.

Shared setting:

The possibility to share settings between different user over, for example, a company network.

Angle measurement:

Programming and simultaion of laser angle measurement systems. Availability varies with different controls.

Front supports:

Programming and simultaion of front supports. Availability varies with different controls.

Integrated hemming table:

Programming and simultaion of hemming integrated into the die holder/clamping system. Availability varies with different controls.

Step bends:

The capability to transform a large radius bend into step bends.

Reference/filmside:

The capability to set and indicate the reference/filmside of a part.

Assembly processing:

The capability to filter out sheet metal parts from an assembly, based on CAD Properties, and separate them to individual processes.