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Sheet Metal with SolidWorks: Enclosure Design Project
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Sheet Metal with SolidWorks: Enclosure Design Project

with Gabriel Corbett

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Sheet Metal with SolidWorks: Enclosure Design Project
2h 31m Intermediate May 21, 2014

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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.

Topics include:
  • Working with the Base and Flange tools
  • Building the rough enclosure shape
  • Designing the cover
  • Adding vents
  • Adding components
  • Cutting holes for connectors
  • Adding graphics
  • Making assembly drawings
Subjects:
Prototyping Product Design CAD Manufacturing
Software:
SolidWorks
Author:
Gabriel Corbett

Welcome

Hi, I'm Gabriel Corbett and welcome to Sheet Metal with SolidWorks: Enclosure Design. In this course we'll look at the design of a sheet metal enclosure to house a circuit board and some connectors. I'll start by reviewing the key sheet metal tools that we'll need in the course, then jump right in and start designing the enclosure. We'll show you how to use equations to drive the size of the box, as well as how to calculate the quantity of vent holes used based on the overall dimensions. Next, we'll build the cover in context so it automatically adjusts in size to the base and updates in the top level assembly.

We'll go over some techniques for working with circuit boards, and how to build and download connectors and board level components. Holes for all the connectors and hardware will be created dynamically, and any changes to the design will automatically adjust in the corresponding parts. We'll top that off with techniques for working with decals and adding graphics to your parts, and then creating the final drawings and preparing for manufacturing. Now let's get started Sheet Metal with SolidWorks Enclosure Design.

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