Plate N Sheet Sheet Metal Development Software For Pattern Development

Plate 'n' Sheet Development is a software program designed to unfold shapes commonly encountered by fabricators and sheet metal workers. The dimensions and other parameters that define the shape are entered by the user and may be any reasonable value. These may be altered at any time and the appearance shape will change dynamically.

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The shape may be viewed as either as a 3D model or as a flat pattern at any stage of the process. Tools are supplied to zoom in or out to see the shape in detail. If it is being viewed as a model, several viewing angles (top, front, side, end and four isometric angles) are available at the click of a button and true length measurements may be taken from the model.

Where possible, error messages will let you know if a parameter is not valid for the shape being created.

Several dimensioning modes are available and the resultant pattern may be printed or exported as a DXF for use in other CAD or sent (via an encoder) to CNC machine laser cutter or similar


Plate n Sheet works great. This app is perfect for the shop floor and no cad experience was required. We also appreciate your excellent support.Mike Sarrazin – SLH Metals

The process of unfolding a shape

Start the program and click the “New” button and select a category by clicking on one of the shape images.This will display a Model Window and a diagram of the shape with spaces for entering the dimensions. Use the left and right pointer buttons to scroll through the choices until you find the one that is the best match for the information.Enter the values that define the shape.View the 3D model by clicking any of the view buttons. If the model is not visible or partly off the screen click the “Zoom Extents”.When you are satisfied with the appearance of the model click the “Develop Pattern” button to view the pattern. You may alternate between model view and pattern view as you wish.Add dimensions if required. There are several different methods available, displayed in the “Dimension” pull down menu.Print the image to your Windows System printer or export a DXF file for use in a CAD program or profile cutter.

Developments can be produced quickly and easily by entering values such as diameter, height and angles into a user-friendly dialogue box.

There is no need to construct a 3D model.Quick results can be obtained by users with very little CAD experience.

Viewing the model or pattern:

Pan Use “Pan” when you wish to center the image on the screen. Pan moves the field of view without changing the magnification. While the model or pattern appears to move on the screen, it is important to realize that the field of view is all that is changing and that the coordinates of any point on the model do not change.

Zoom Window Use when you wish to magnify a part of the model or pattern to get a closer look at it. Pick the diagonal corners of a box or window around the area you wish to examine. Note: After picking the first corner with the left mouse button, hold the button down and release it when the window is the correct size. The area inside the window is enlarged to fill the screen. A message is disolayed when the limits of magnification are at the maximum.

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Zoom In Use when you want a closer look at the image on the screen. For example if the image is too small, use zoom in to enlarge the image on the screen. As with other display functions, it is important to realize that only the image is getting larger, measured distances and dimensions on the shape do not change. It is similar in principle to viewing an object through a magnifying glass.

Zoom Out Use when you wish to make the image appear smaller on the screen. See also Zoom In.

Zoom Extents Use when you wish to zoom the image so that it is as large as possible while still fitting all of the image onto the screen.

Zoom Previous Return to the previous zoom or panned state. You may “zoom previous” repeatedly until you eventually return to the first view of the item

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Developments include:

Shapes menu> Branches,Oblique cones and Reducers.Lobster-back bends.Breech piecesPrisms PyramidsRight cone frustumsRight cone truncationsPipe to cone branchesRectangle to roundOblique cylindersElbows at any angleTransitionsAuger-ScrewPlus more…

More Features

Over 50 developments and variationsFast, accurate and simple to useSaves pattern as DXF for importing into most CAD programsAutomatic dimensioningFull size patterns may be printed across multiple sheetsAllowances may be applied for material thickness and overlapping seamsRendered 3D models and unfolded patterns may be transfered directly to AutoCAD 2000 if installed

The following is a list of currently available categories:

Baffle PlateBreechesCone To ConeCone To Oblique ConeCone To PipeElbow – Cone To ConeElbow – Cone To PipeElbow – Pipe To ConeElbow – Pipe To PipeEllipse to EllipseEllipse to RectangleEllipse to RoundHelicals (Parallel)Helicals (Tapered)Hexagon To RoundImport MeshOblique ConeOblique CylinderOctogon To RoundOne Pipe Cut by a PlateOval CylinderOval To OvalOval To RectangleOval To RoundPipe / Cone Through a PlatePipe Gusset

Pipe To BendPipe To ConePipe To Oblique ConePipe To PipePipe To Pipe (Multiple Pipes)PrismPyramidRectangle To ConeRectangle To Oblique ConeRectangle To PipeRectangle To RectangleRectangle To RoundRectangular ChuteRectangular JunctionRectangular StraightReducing BreechRight Cone FrustumRight Cone TruncationRight CylinderRound To RoundSegmented Bend (Cylindrical)Segmented Bend (Oval)Segmented Bend (Tapered)Two Pipes Cut by a PlateVessel End Caps

Plate 'n' Sheet Service & Maintenance Contract

What is included:FREE Plate 'n' Sheet updates within the v4 main versionFor example upgrade from v4.11.03 to v4.12.05 etcSeveral updates are released regularly – all these updates within the v4 version will be provided free of chargePriority Technical Support – FREE of charge for the duration of the contract.

Licensing Options

Option 1: Single User Licence.

Software is downloaded or sent on CD.A full Plate 'n' Sheet license is required for each computer using Plate 'n' SheetAdditional user licenses can be provided at a discount.

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Option 2: Network Licence.

Software is downloaded or sent on CD.A network license of Plate 'n' Sheet can be installed on several computers for one or multiple seat licenses.The software must be installed on each PC, not on a Server. All PC's must be on the same LAN (Local Area Network). An alphanumeric key is provided for each computer that requires use of the software. A single licence can be shared across multiple workstations on a network in a single location.If one licence is purchased it may be used on any one computer at a time. If two, three or more licenses are purchased, this is the number that can be used simultaneously.For each seat purchased we provide the first workstation key free of charge. For additional workstation keys we charge a small fee.(See Prices)


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