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How to Use Form tools SOLIDWORKS

Using forming tools provides you with in-depth training on CAD. Taught by Gabriel Corbett as part of… Show More

Sheet Metal Design with SOLIDWORKS

with Gabriel Corbett

Video: How to Use Form tools SOLIDWORKS

Using forming tools provides you with in-depth training on CAD. Taught by Gabriel Corbett as part of the Sheet Metal Design with SOLIDWORKS
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  1. 2m 9s
    1. Welcome
      1m 13s
    2. Using the exercise files
  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
    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)

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Using forming tools
Video Duration: 2m 56s 2h 56m Intermediate


Using forming tools provides you with in-depth training on CAD. Taught by Gabriel Corbett as part of the Sheet Metal Design with SOLIDWORKS

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CAD software like SOLIDWORKS makes sheet metal design quick and cost effective. This course gets you up to speed with the sheet metal tools in SOLIDWORKS for designing parts and assemblies, and then takes you on a trip to the factory floor to see the final manufactured results. First, you'll learn to create base features, flanges, and bends that add strength and connections. Then find out how to flatten parts and add holes, cuts, and corners that are manufacturing ready, and use the Convert to Sheet Metal command to convert imported geometry into native sheet metal parts. Author Gabriel Corbett also shows you how to create assemblies from multiple parts, use the Pattern and Mirrors tools to effortlessly duplicate existing work, and then document and export your designs. Finally, take a tour of a sheet metal fabrication company and learn about the machinery and processes that occur during manufacturing.

Topics include:
  • Understanding sheet metal fundamentals
  • Creating base features
  • Creating flanges and tabs
  • Making hems and corner features
  • Unfolding and folding parts
  • Adding cuts across bends
  • Adding welded corners
  • Using the Forming tools
  • Importing geometry
  • Using the Convert to Sheet Metal command
  • Making sheet metal drawings
  • Exporting DWG and DXF files for laser cutting
  • Building an assembly
  • Creating parts in an assembly
  • Creating flat patterns
  • Using in-context design techniques
  • Exporting parts

Using forming tools

Forming tools, allow us to add in custom form shapes into Sheet Metal. We can add in ribs, louvers, card guides, embosses, debosses, and the list keeps going. Generally, forming tools are custom. However, they are quite a few standard shapes that most manufacturers might have. The best advice that I can give is check with your supplier as to what type of tooling they have. Many shops will provide a list for your reference. In SolidWorks, we have some pre-installed shapes and we can use those, modify them or even create our own. Let's check it out. I'd like to place a emboss down here on this lower piece of Sheet Metal.

And to go grab that tool, I need to go into the design library. I'll open up the design library. And if you're not familiar with the design library, it has a lot of features that we can drag and drop into our parts. We have annotations, assemblies, features, and forming tools. If you'd like to keep this out, you can click on the little push pin here and it keeps it out. So we have embosses, extruded flanges, lances, louvers, and ribs. But in this case here, I want to use an emboss and I'll use the circular emboss. It's pretty easy to use, we just drag and drop. So we can drag it out here, if we drag it over to this face here, it'll place it there, or we can place it down here. Soon as you let go of that mouse, it places it on the face. I can flip the tool over if I'd like, or flip it back. And I can rotate if I needed to, but it's a circle, so it's not going to do much there, and I can modify a couple of other features down here at the bottom of the tool, but most of the defaults are just fine.

If I go over to the Positions tab, I can then click on the Space bar, click Normal 2, and add a few dimensions here, to locate that part. I'll say 2.5, and I'll say 3.5. That's located, in space. Now, if I'd like to add more, I can just go back to the Point command. Anywhere I click, it's going to add one more of those features. If you don't want one, click on it, hit delete, takes it out. When you're happy with what you have, click on OK, and it adds the two features.

Now what I'd like to do is add a louver. To this face here. So I'll grab that louver, I'll drag it out, let go. I'll flip the tool over, and I'll position it. Click on Space Bar. Come down here. want to zoom in on that point. Add a dimension 1.0. And from the top edge here, I'm going to dimension to that point as well. I'm ma say 2.0. When you're happy with that, click on OK and click on OK one more time. I have one of these features, now I could go back and add more louvers or add more points in, add those to this face here.

Or, I can use something like a pattern. So I can go and take a pattern, can pattern along that edge. And the feature I'd like to pattern is that louver I just added. There it is, you can add the spacing, (SOUND) add how many, that we need, and click OK. Louvers, embosses, forming tools. Easy to add, easy to work with, and we can modify them. And we'll learn how to modify and. Create our own in the next few movies.

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