Overview 6


The ExactFlat Workflow makes flattening, nesting, pattern design and costing fast and less complicated.   The following web pages in this section will illustrate ExactFlat transfer information to the next process and design intent is used to create geometry. The ExactFlat work flow allows the user to connect the the design intent from each stage of the design process such that if a change is made at stage of the design, all of the connected design data is updated automatically.  The first step in the ExactFlat workflow is to create a model.

ExactFlat in SolidWorks allows a designer to create flat patterns from any 3D shape. The Create Piece tool allows the user to define the surfaces, solid faces, edges to cut and materials that define a single connected piece.   After material properties are assigned to the piece,  the model can be flattened.  An edge shared by neighboring 3D model pieces are linked in the 2D pattern environment.

The Flattener Environment allows the user to flatten many pieces at one.  A 3D view and a 2D view is provided for each piece with simple navigation tools. Meshing and flat pattern optimization tools are provided.

Pattern Design 
2D pattern features such as Edge Features, Notches Grain Lines and Markings are   added in Pattern View

Optimized nest files are created in Marker View.  Material information is used to determine flat pattern information.

Technical documentation is created using drawings.  ExactFlat enhance the SolidWorks tools set with Edge Feature Callouts, BOM tables and 3D,2D and ensted  views of the design. The drawings environment allows the user to quickly document a sewn product design using ExactFlat tools in SolidWorks.