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Adding welded corners

From: Sheet Metal Design with SolidWorks

Video: Adding welded corners

The welded corner feature in SolidWorks provides a visual representation of a weld, and allows you to get a semi-accurate weight measurement. This also carries over to drawings, and the welds can be shown. To get started, let's take a look at a few examples. In this corner here, I've got a closed corner, corner to corner, butt corner, and I have the open bend region here. You can try closing up the bend region, if you want, but with for thicker materials a lot of the times you'll make the weld feature fail. Or have errors. So in this case, it's open and I'm going to go up to the Sheet Metal, come over here to Corners, and use the welded corner.

Adding welded corners

The welded corner feature in SolidWorks provides a visual representation of a weld, and allows you to get a semi-accurate weight measurement. This also carries over to drawings, and the welds can be shown. To get started, let's take a look at a few examples. In this corner here, I've got a closed corner, corner to corner, butt corner, and I have the open bend region here. You can try closing up the bend region, if you want, but with for thicker materials a lot of the times you'll make the weld feature fail. Or have errors. So in this case, it's open and I'm going to go up to the Sheet Metal, come over here to Corners, and use the welded corner.

I'm going to choose this face here and as soon as I click on that, you can see it fills that in with a representation of what's going to happen when I click on the welded corner. Generally when you are doing welded corners, you want to have your 2 edges very close together like this so you have a butt corner, or even a little bit of an overlap, here. When the weld cools, it doesn't warp your part. Go ahead and click okay. And you can see a nice weld gets filled in there. And I can also do the same thing over here. This has got an open bend region, so this is probably not recommended. But SolidWork can definitely handle it if you do get put in that position.

But before we do this, I want to point out that SolidWorks actually adds that weld, and also adds that material to the weight of the part. So click on evaluate real quick, look at mass properties and you can see this is 3.26 pounds and 11.5 cubic inches. Let's go add the weld come back and weight again. Go to sheet metal, go to corners, go to welded corner and come over here and select this face. You can see that it is going to fill in all of that material and I have a few other options down here, I can change the fill out radius if I wanted to. Either up or down.

You can see that's going to move slightly. You type in 0.125 to get a little bit sharper corner. And I can add some texture, I can add weld symbols if I want to. But in this case I don't really need them. And when I'm happy with that I go ahead click on OK. And there it is. Let's go back and evaluate that again. Weight it and you can see, we add a little bit of mass and we added a little bit of volume. Okay. When you're happy with that you see the two welded corners. Comes out pretty nice. And you've got a finished part. Welded corners can be very helpful in the right situations. And allows the designer to add in some polish to the design. However, they also add in a lot of features and overhead to the part or assembly, and should be used only when necessary.

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Sheet Metal Design with SolidWorks

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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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