Learn about importing solids and converting them to usable geometry in SOLIDWORKS.
- [Instructor] SolidWorks can work with many different types…of files, as well as imported geometry.…Sheet metal parts import just like any other solid,…and what we call that format is a dumb solid,…so when we're importing from a STEP file or an IGES file,…or any other exterior format,…it's generally not gonna have a feature tree,…it's just gonna have one solid with all the 3D data.…Now we can take that 3D data and add on to it…and create a feature tree beyond that,…and I'm gonna show you how to do that right now.…So the first thing we wanna do is click on Open.…Now I'm in exercise files, chapter four, 4.3.…
Now you should see a list down here,…but if you don't, you might be on the SolidWorks files only,…and you'll see nothing in the folder.…So make sure you come down here and click on All Files,…so you see everything that's in the folder,…and I'm gonna go ahead and choose the IGES file.…We're also gonna be opening and importing the STEP file,…and I've also included a couple other files here…you can play with if you'd like to.…
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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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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