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Real-world projects are vital to mastering SOLIDWORKS, and sheet metal enclosures are a perfect example of a typical project. Sheet metal enclosures house and protect circuitry, wiring, and other sensitive electronic parts and frequently require customization by a professional CAD designer. So take a firsthand walk through designing a sheet metal enclosure for circuit boards and panel-mounted connectors, as well as fans, power cords, and switches, with SOLIDWORKS. Gabriel Corbett covers the key techniques for working with in-context parts and assemblies that dynamically adjust based on the master part model. He'll show you how to use equations to drive the size of the box and calculate vent holes, work with circuit boards, and download connector components. Plus, learn how to add decals before prepping the final drawings for manufacturing.
Thank you for watching this course. Before we finish, I'd like to refer you to a few other resources that might be of interest to you. First off on the lynda.com training library, I've got several different courses here. I've got the SolidWorks 2014 Essential Training, which is great if you need to get up to speed with SolidWorks fundamentals. I also have Rendering, Sheet Metal Design with SolidWorks, Up and Running with eDrawings, and my SolidWorks 2012 Essential Training if you're using an older version. Up here, another company is called custompart.net, and this is a great resource for all types of information about manufacturing.
Over on the left-hand side here, you've got a whole section about processes, and if you come all the way down, you can find one on sheet metal and forming. And you can get all kinds of data here just by scrolling up and down, looking at the different processes of what types of bend deductions mean, things like that. This is a great resource to take a look at. GrabCad.com, great place to download files from if you're using in your design, so you don't have to go ahead and design everything. You can find something. Grab it. Download it and use it in your design. It's a great way to do it, and again they're mostly all free.
And then finally these 3D Contents Central. Most manufacturers who are out there have something up here on 3D Contents Central. Again, they've got motors, drives; they've got, you know, sheet metal pieces. They've got wheels, bearings. Anything like that, look on here. You can download the files, bring them directly into SolidWorks. And it will save you a huge amount of time, and then you'll actually have a real part with a real part number from that manufacturer that you can use and buy for your production parts. Anyways, hope these are useful to you, and thank you for watching.
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