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Sheet Metal with SolidWorks: Enclosure Design Project
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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

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If you're a Premium member of Lynda.com, you have access to the exercise files used throughout this title. If you download the files to the desktop, you can see them here. Double click on that. It opens up. I've got them arranged by Chapters one through six. Then, I have a folder here for templates. If you open that up, you can see I've got templates for parts, assemblies, and drawings all in here. You're free to use these for your own designs. And you can change them however you need. If you go back you can see each chapter is arranged by the individual movie titles, so one point two would be movie one dash two.

And if you go to like for instance chapter four you can see I've got individual sub folders here with all the individual files that we'll need for that movie. If you're a monthly member or annual member of Lynda.com you don't have access to the exercise files but you can follow along from scratch with your own assets. So, let's get started.

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