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Creating a custom forming tool

From: Sheet Metal Design with SolidWorks

Video: Creating a custom forming tool

Forming tools can be design from the ground up in solid works. And this video will cover the basics. To get started, let's take a look at this part. What I have here on the screen is a piece of sheet metal, or just basically a boss extrude. And I've got a sketch laid out on the top surface. If I edit the sketch I can see what kind of geometry I have here, and you can see all different shapes. I'm not going to go through how to create the sketch. You should be able to make the sketch on your own. I just want to cover some of the basic sketch entities that are here. Take a look at them, but you should be able to create the sketch on your own. Exit out of that. Take a look at the surface it's on, which this bottom surface here.

Creating a custom forming tool

Forming tools can be design from the ground up in solid works. And this video will cover the basics. To get started, let's take a look at this part. What I have here on the screen is a piece of sheet metal, or just basically a boss extrude. And I've got a sketch laid out on the top surface. If I edit the sketch I can see what kind of geometry I have here, and you can see all different shapes. I'm not going to go through how to create the sketch. You should be able to make the sketch on your own. I just want to cover some of the basic sketch entities that are here. Take a look at them, but you should be able to create the sketch on your own. Exit out of that. Take a look at the surface it's on, which this bottom surface here.

And let's go ahead and create a boss extrude using that sketch. So I'll choose that sketch, and make sure we're going to be going in the correct direction. So flip that and we want to go to 0.15. Click on OK and there's our first feature. Now because we're going to be forming sheet metal around this piece, I wan't to make sure that we have nice rounded edges. So let's at our first fillet. I'm going to type in 0.25 and I want to fill it these corners on the inside of the part all the way around. Click Okay, and there they are.

Now, we want to add one more fillet here, and we'll typed in a 0.1 fillet. And then I'll choose one of these edges to propagate around the outside of the part. Click Okay, and add one more to the top edge. Both of 0.1 and keep in mind, the minimum radius of curvature of your sheet metal has to be bigger than this tool, so we have to make sure that all these radiusses aren't too small so that the material can flow around the outside of the shape and form that feature. Once you've got this feature looking pretty good you want to remove the material down here that's bellow the feature.

To do that when I created this shape originally, I have this sketch here. So I can reuse that sketch, do an extruded cut and remove that material. I'll say Through All, click OK, and then my material is gone. Now, under the sheet metal tools, we have a feature called Forming Tool. Click on that, and the first question it ask is the stopping face, and that's this one back here. So, just choose the back of the part, that's where we want to end the feature, on the back side. And if I wanted to make this and actual cut, I could choose faces to remove, but in this case here, I'm just making an emboss, so I want to be able to just leave the entire, shape in there. It's just going to indent that into my piece of sheet metal. I'd click on the insertion point if I want to move that around but the center of the part looks just fine, so click OK and there it is, I've got my first forming tool.

Now, we want to make sure we save that forming tool out to the library. Notice the library here, and we've got some forming tools. So what I want to do is I want to save that into the library, but first we need to save it to the desktop. Click on File, click on Save, and save it out. Now go ahead, open up the library, click on Add to Library. Choose the feature itself. Give it a name. We'll call this a star emboss, and do we want to put it under forming tools, under embosses? Sounds great. Click OK, and there it is, star emboss.

Now to use that shape, let's click over to an open part, open the library features, grab the star emboss, drag it over, let go, position it where we need it, and click OK. And there's our shape. Custom, forming tool, complete. When creating forming tools keep in mind that we must consider both the material and the process to form the sheet metal. Keep in mind that just because it looks nice on the computer doesn't always end up that way in real life.

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Sheet Metal Design with SolidWorks

53 video lessons · 2926 viewers

Gabriel Corbett
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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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