Learn about adding rigidity to a panel using a cross break.
- [Instructor] A cross break allows you…to stiffen a flat surface in a sheet metal part,…and it's used extensively in HVAC panels…or anytime you see a big flat surface that needs…a little stiffening you can add a cross break.…So to do that just we need to start off…with a part that has something like an edge flange…around the outside.…And this is the surface here we'd like to stiffen,…so then head over to Sheet Metal,…click on Cross-Break and then just choose that top surface.…And right away we get a visual representation…of what's gonna happen here…and you can see we've got this little arrow.…If you click on it, you can flip the direction,…but I prefer to have it out.…
You can adjust this band radius here,…maybe we can make it a quarter of an inch,…as well as the angle,…and then just go ahead and click on Okay.…And now you've got a nice visual representation…of that cross break that you can put on your drawing…for the sheet metal shop to add that stiffening feature…to your sheet metal part.…The other thing you might wanna do here…
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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