Learn how to start from scratch and build a forming tool.
- [Narrator] In this video, I'm gonna be teaching you…how to create your own custom forming tool,…for using with sheet metal,…so the first thing I need is a sketch,…which I already have right here,…I'm gonna go ahead and extrude that sketch up,…I wanna make sure that I'm extruding it…outside of the space materials,…so I wanna switch the direction,…and I'm gonna type in point one five inches…for the amount of the emboss that I'd like to make,…click on okay, now let's go ahead,…and use the Fillet command,…and let's give a point two five fillet,…and let's go ahead and choose these inside corners here,…we wanna make sure we've got nice smooth edges…on the corners of our emboss,…so you have a nice smooth emboss at the end of the day,…we don't wanna crinkle that material,…so we wanna make sure we're using big nice fillets…around our part.…
How about another fillet here,…this time I'm gonna type in point one,…I'm gonna use that on the inside bottom edge,…and then do the same thing again on that top edge,…alright, now what we need to do is remove the material…
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
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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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