Learn about adding tabs to an existing part.
- [Instructor] The tab command extends an existing…sheet metal part, and you can see here I have part 2.3…already opened up,…and if you don't have it already opened up,…you can easily create the sheet metal shape.…Now what we want to do is we want to choose any one…of the available faces to create a tab on.…So I can choose this face here, this one here,…this one here.…It doesn't really matter.…Spin it around, and I can hold down my middle mouse button…to spin this part, and of course I can just choose…any one of these faces here that I want to start with.…In this case here I'm gonna go ahead and choose…that top surface there, and go ahead and click on Sketch.…So now that I have a sketch, I'm gonna go ahead…and hit the space bar on my keyboard to spin that around…normal to it or you can choose the view cube normal tool.…
Either way.…And let's go ahead up to the line command.…So I'm gonna choose this corner over here,…and drag out a couple lines in whatever shape I'd like.…I'm just looking to create one enclosed boundary.…
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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