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Making a swept flange

From: Sheet Metal Design with SolidWorks

Video: Making a swept flange

Swept flanges are fairly new to SolidWorks and provide a handy tool for complex compound bends. Be careful with this tool. Just because you can create it in a computer does not mean you can create it in real life. Many times, you'll need to buy expensive tooling and deal with manufacturing issues. My best recommendation would be to do a preliminary design and then start talking with a manufacturer about the feasibility of that design. That being said let's make a Swept flange. To get started with, let's go ahead and open 2.7, Start File. And in this case here, what I want to do is I want to create a flange that's going to start on this edge here and go around the outside of the perimeter of this part and end over here.

Making a swept flange

Swept flanges are fairly new to SolidWorks and provide a handy tool for complex compound bends. Be careful with this tool. Just because you can create it in a computer does not mean you can create it in real life. Many times, you'll need to buy expensive tooling and deal with manufacturing issues. My best recommendation would be to do a preliminary design and then start talking with a manufacturer about the feasibility of that design. That being said let's make a Swept flange. To get started with, let's go ahead and open 2.7, Start File. And in this case here, what I want to do is I want to create a flange that's going to start on this edge here and go around the outside of the perimeter of this part and end over here.

So, one of the primary things we need to choose when we're starting with a swept flange is we need to choose and draw a sketch on a coincident edge. so in this case here, because I want to draw on this edge or actually want to extrude along that edge. I want to start drawing on this face here. So I'm going to go ahead and choose a sketch, start a sketch and start with a line command almost right there the top and draw it up over and out. And we'll just leave it undefined for the moment. I can move things around a little bit just to get a little bit better shape.

That's about what I'm looking for. Now I'm going to go ahead and exit out. So, I've got a sketch on that edge there. And we're going to be going and creating that swept flange down along this edge, around that edge there and around the rest of the part. To get started, go to the Sheet Metal tools. In the ribbon, if you don't see that tool available here, you can always add it in. But we also have access to all the Sheet Metal tools up here under Insert > Sheet Metal, in this case here, we're going to come down to Swept Flange.

Click on Swept Flange and this works a lot like a regular sweep. Number one, I'm going to choose that profile If I want to sweep around the outside of the part. Notice it's pre-selected because I had selected it originally. If not, go into the tree, expand it out and choose that sketch. Next it's looking for edges. Now it can have a sketch that defines those edges or I can just choose them from the window. As soon as I do that, it gives me a nice preview what's going to happen, and I can continue on that part. Check out this edge right now. It's a hard edge, but as soon as I click on that next adjacent edge, it actually bends in, sweeps it out, so it's pretty nice.

And continue that all the way around, all the way over to here and go ahead and end. Looks good. You can use the basic default radiuses or you can change them. You can change a couple of their offsets from the ends and then click on OK to accept the flange. Now this part is very complicated to build doing tradition bending techniques. So this would have to be a stamping or hydra-form part to be actually manufactured. This one is not too bad though. But you can really get some pretty complicated parts that'd be extremely difficult to manufacture using this tool.

So my recommendation is definitely check in with your manufacturer to make sure whatever you come up with is manufacturable and easy to work with.

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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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