Sheet Metal Design with SOLIDWORKS
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Looking at the rip feature


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Sheet Metal Design with SOLIDWORKS

with Gabriel Corbett

Video: Looking at the rip feature

The Rip feature can be used to split edges or faces of sheet metal parts. Or in the process of converting to sheet metal. We first need to create a sketch on a flat face, or choose edges on an existing part. To get started, let's go ahead and open up 4.4 and you can see here I've got a part and I want to start a sketch on this top face. So go ahead and choose a sketch and click on Space bar for Normal To. Looking straight down on that face and let's go over here and grab the Line command. And I just want to draw some lines across these corners.
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  1. 2m 9s
    1. Welcome
      1m 13s
    2. Using the exercise files
      56s
  2. 10m 0s
    1. Looking at sheet metal tools
      1m 35s
    2. Using and customizing the Ribbon
      2m 42s
    3. Understanding sheet metal
      5m 43s
  3. 40m 24s
    1. Creating a base feature
      5m 37s
    2. Looking at the Flange tool
      5m 12s
    3. Creating tabs
      5m 3s
    4. Making an edge flange
      5m 33s
    5. Using the Edit Flange Profile tool
      3m 12s
    6. Using the miter flange
      4m 21s
    7. Making a swept flange
      2m 59s
    8. Using the Jog feature
      5m 20s
    9. Making hems
      3m 7s
  4. 16m 6s
    1. Unfolding and folding parts
      2m 58s
    2. Making normal cuts in sheet metal
      2m 8s
    3. Adding cuts across bends
      4m 0s
    4. Making closed corners
      3m 17s
    5. Adding welded corners
      2m 18s
    6. Making a cross break
      1m 25s
  5. 20m 3s
    1. Using the Convert to Sheet Metal command
      5m 6s
    2. Adding sketched bends
      2m 31s
    3. Importing geometry
      5m 7s
    4. Looking at the rip feature
      3m 29s
    5. Creating a lofted bend
      3m 50s
  6. 17m 40s
    1. Building a chassis
      6m 9s
    2. Using the pattern tools
      3m 22s
    3. Using mirror symmetry
      2m 1s
    4. Using the split feature
      3m 7s
    5. Exporting individual parts
      3m 1s
  7. 15m 41s
    1. Using forming tools
      2m 56s
    2. Modifying a forming tool
      1m 44s
    3. Creating a custom forming tool
      3m 35s
    4. Forming across a bend
      7m 26s
  8. 18m 55s
    1. Basic assembly techniques
      5m 1s
    2. Adding cuts in context
      4m 57s
    3. Creating parts in the assembly
      5m 46s
    4. Using patterns and mirrors
      3m 11s
  9. 19m 28s
    1. Using ordinate dimensions
      4m 13s
    2. Looking at sheet options
      3m 24s
    3. Creating flat patterns
      2m 56s
    4. Saving to DXF or DWG
      3m 29s
    5. Automation with SOLIDWORKS Task Scheduler
      2m 44s
    6. Prepping for manufacturing
      2m 42s
  10. 1m 26s
    1. Next steps
      1m 26s
  11. 14m 12s
    1. Laser cutting
      1m 53s
    2. Shear
      46s
    3. Break forming
      3m 39s
    4. Turret punch press
      3m 14s
    5. Welding
      1m 2s
    6. Deburring
      1m 48s
    7. Hardware
      1m 8s
    8. Computer numerical control (CNC)
      42s

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Watch the Online Video Course Sheet Metal Design with SOLIDWORKS
2h 56m Intermediate Jul 29, 2013

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CAD software like SOLIDWORKS makes sheet metal design quick and cost effective. This course gets you up to speed with the sheet metal tools in SOLIDWORKS for designing parts and assemblies, and then takes you on a trip to the factory floor to see the final manufactured results. First, you'll learn to create base features, flanges, and bends that add strength and connections. Then find out how to flatten parts and add holes, cuts, and corners that are manufacturing ready, and use the Convert to Sheet Metal command to convert imported geometry into native sheet metal parts. Author Gabriel Corbett also shows you how to create assemblies from multiple parts, use the Pattern and Mirrors tools to effortlessly duplicate existing work, and then document and export your designs. Finally, take a tour of a sheet metal fabrication company and learn about the machinery and processes that occur during manufacturing.

Topics include:
  • Understanding sheet metal fundamentals
  • Creating base features
  • Creating flanges and tabs
  • Making hems and corner features
  • Unfolding and folding parts
  • Adding cuts across bends
  • Adding welded corners
  • Using the Forming tools
  • Importing geometry
  • Using the Convert to Sheet Metal command
  • Making sheet metal drawings
  • Exporting DWG and DXF files for laser cutting
  • Building an assembly
  • Creating parts in an assembly
  • Creating flat patterns
  • Using in-context design techniques
  • Exporting parts
Subject:
CAD
Software:
SOLIDWORKS
Author:
Gabriel Corbett

Looking at the rip feature

The Rip feature can be used to split edges or faces of sheet metal parts. Or in the process of converting to sheet metal. We first need to create a sketch on a flat face, or choose edges on an existing part. To get started, let's go ahead and open up 4.4 and you can see here I've got a part and I want to start a sketch on this top face. So go ahead and choose a sketch and click on Space bar for Normal To. Looking straight down on that face and let's go over here and grab the Line command. And I just want to draw some lines across these corners.

I'm just going to snap to the inside corner and snap to that outside edge. There we go. Once I've got all four of those lines drawn in there, I'm going to go ahead and exit out of the sketch. And see that's that's exactly where we're going to be cutting our part, and we're going to cut it here, and then down this edge here. So let's go ahead and fire up the Rip command and we're going to choose some edges. The first edge I'm going to choose is this one up here and notice when I do that, I get these two arrows going both directions.

So it's going to add a gap of ten thousandths. In this case here, it'd be going in both directions, so five thousandth one way, five thousandth the other way. However, I don't want it to go both ways. I only want it to go along this long edge here. So I'm going to change the direction so it only goes this direction. Then I'm going to add the line directly below that, or that inside edge. And change the direction so it's going the same direction as the arrow above it. We want to do that for all the edges. So I'm going to spin this around. Choose this edge on the top. Choose the edge below it.

Spin it around a little more. Come over here, choose this edge here, change the direction. Choose the edge on the inside, change the direction and just those last two edges now. That edge and that one. Okay, double check that all your arrows are facing towards the inside or along the long edge of the part. That's essential to make sure the part does this correctly and doesn't fail and when your done, go ahead and click on OK. And you can see it cut along the edge here and along the inside edge of that part. So now we still have a solid, we don't have a sheet metal part quite yet. But we do have the edges sectioned off into the pieces that we would like. Now I can use the Insert Bends tool, choose a flat face, should be the bottom of the part and define a radius 060 is fine.

I can go ahead and change the bend allowance or bend deduction, I can use the K factor to whatever I like. K factor will work just fine for this example, though. And when I'm happy with all that, I can go ahead and click on the green check mark. I also want to point out before we do that, though, that the rip parameters down here. I could actually add in those rip edges during this tool at the same point in time if I wanted to. Click OK. (SOUND). It's going to let us know that it needed to add a few auto reliefs and that's great. Click OK. And you can see that, here's the auto reliefs it needed to add. And we've got a sheet metal part.

If you spin this thing around, we can see the corners. We've got some open corners on the bottom here. And we can continue on adding maybe some close corners to finish this part off. But we have a nice sheet metal part. And we've got both the Rip command and the Insert Bends tool. Ripped edges are essential when converting to sheet metal. Or modifying how a sheet metal part is created. The Rip command is also built into the convert to sheet metal feature in the Insert Bends tool.

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