Learn about the three types of base flanges and the SOLIDWORKS tool options.
- [Narrator] The base flange tab feature…is the primary sheet metal creation tool.…This same tool can create three types of flanges,…based upon the input geometry provided.…The most basic is an enclosed boundary,…so let's go ahead and create one of those.…So to get started I need to create…a sketch on a face or a plane.…Now to do that, let's go over here to the sketch toolbar.…Alright, we start with choosing sketch right up here,…and it'll automatically present the…three different planes I can start from.…So let's go ahead and just choose any one of those.…Click on this one here!…And let's go ahead and start creating an enclosed boundary.…
So the most basic enclosed boundary is just a rectangle.…So let's go to the sketch toolbar,…grab the corner rectangle tool.…Let's go ahead and start right at the origin,…and then drag out our shape.…Now, it's always best to define the size of your shape,…so notice we've got a couple different blue lines over here,…and a couple different black lines.…The black lines means they're fully defined…
First, review the sheet metal tools in SOLIDWORKS and the properties that make sheet metal unique: bend radius, K-factor, bend deduction, gauge thickness, and more. Then learn how to create basic parts, with base features, flanges, and bends that add strength and connections. 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. Gabriel also shows you how to create assemblies from multiple parts, use the Pattern and Mirrors tools to effortlessly duplicate existing work, and then document your designs with detailed sheet metal drawings. Watch the bonus videos to learn about the different machinery and processes that occur during manufacturing.
- Sheet metal tools in SOLIDWORKS
- Sheet metal manufacturing: Laser cutting, CNC machining, welding, and more
- Creating base features
- Creating flanges and tabs
- Making cuts and corners
- Using the Convert to Sheet Metal command
- Building multi-body parts
- Creating forming tools
- Forming across a bend
- Building an assembly
- Creating parts in an assembly
- Creating sheet metal drawings
Skill Level Intermediate
Designing a Sheet Metal Enclosure with SOLIDWORKSwith Gabriel Corbett2h 31m Intermediate
Cert Prep: SOLIDWORKS Sheet Metalwith Gabriel Corbett1h 34m Intermediate
Cert Prep: SOLIDWORKS Weldmentswith Gabriel Corbett1h 26m Intermediate
1. Interface and Sheet Metal Basics
2. Sheet Metal Flanges
3. Sheet Metal Cuts and Corners
4. Converting to Sheet Metal
5. Multibody Parts
6. Forming Tools
7. Sheet Metal Assemblies
8. Sheet Metal Drawings
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