Sheet Metal Design with SOLIDWORKS
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Using the split feature


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Sheet Metal Design with SOLIDWORKS

with Gabriel Corbett

Video: Using the split feature

The Split feature can be handy for separating a part into many pieces using a cut service. This tool can be used both for solid and sheet metal parts. Sometimes it's easier to design one part and then split that part into many pieces using the split feature as one of the final features in the part. To use the Split tool we need to create a surface first. If you're not familiar with the Surfacing tools that's okay, they're not too hard to use. But we do need to make sure we add in the Surfacing Tool Palette. First, let's go up to anyone of the available tabs, right click on it and make sure we turn on the Surfaces ribbon bar. As soon as it shows up we can go into Surfaces and we want to create an extrude surface.
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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

Using the split feature

The Split feature can be handy for separating a part into many pieces using a cut service. This tool can be used both for solid and sheet metal parts. Sometimes it's easier to design one part and then split that part into many pieces using the split feature as one of the final features in the part. To use the Split tool we need to create a surface first. If you're not familiar with the Surfacing tools that's okay, they're not too hard to use. But we do need to make sure we add in the Surfacing Tool Palette. First, let's go up to anyone of the available tabs, right click on it and make sure we turn on the Surfaces ribbon bar. As soon as it shows up we can go into Surfaces and we want to create an extrude surface.

However, before we do an extruded surface, we have to create a sketch to extrude. So let's go back over here. You can see that I have a sketch laid out on top of this part over here. Let's go ahead and edit that sketch. And take a look at what we have. So I've got a few different lines here, they're connecting. The one requirement is that all the lines extend past the end of the part or snap to one of the edges. But we can't have any lines that would stop, like, inside of here. They must all extend past the end of the part. Once we're happy with our sketch, exit out and we're ready to create that surface.

So we go up to Extruded Surface. Come down here, I'll choose that sketch and we can go up a little bit above the part. It's definitely fine to extend up past the part or below the part. But we want to make sure that either way we're cutting it completely through the part in both directions. That looks to me. Go ahead and click OK and there's our surface to cut. Next, we're going to go in and use the Split command. However if you look under the features tab, you might not see Split listed as one of the tools. So we need to go into Insert > Features, come down here to Split. When you choose Split, it's asking what's the trim tool, what are we going to use to trim out these individual parts? And that's that surface we just created. So, go ahead and choose the individual faces, this one, that one, that one, that one and that one.

And those will be all our tools to slice this part. When you're happy with what you have, you can then say Cut Part. And you can see that it creates all these individual bodies. And then any of the bodies you like, you can use the check mark here to select them. We can auto assign names or we can click on that part there. Double click on it and save out a body. Let's go ahead and put them in the Split folder. You can save out the bodies, and click on each one of those. I'm just going to use the default names. And when you're done with that, we can add a few other options as far as copying over the customer properties to those bodies.

And then click on OK. SolidWorks is going to go ahead and split up that part. Save out the individual bodies and there we have it. So now we have all these are in bodies. And we have the Split command is there, and if we go over to our file system, we can go and take a look. There's all the individual bodies. Let's go back over to SolidWorks. And I can now modify this, change it, I can always go back and re-split the bodies and save them out again. The Split feature is a nice way to design more complicated designs as one part and then use a simple surface to slice that part into individual pieces.

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