Learn about creating edge flanges and the basic options in SOLIDWORKS.
- Once you have a starting sheet metal part,…the next logical step is to add some edge flanges.…We can do that by either selecting the tool…right up here on the sheet metal toolbar,…or we can pre-select the edge you'd like to bend,…and then go ahead and choose the tool.…Notice I can drag that up to wherever I like,…click, and it's automatically going to give me…a representation of exactly what I'm selecting.…Notice up here, Edge 1 is selected,…I have the thickness, notice I have the bend radius…already pre-selected here because it's using…the default bend radius from the sheet metal part…that we started with.…
If you move a little further down,…we have the angle, and you can use the up and down arrows…to change that bend angle here,…and if I zoom you can see a little easier,…so I can just easily use up and down arrows,…or I can just go ahead and just type in a value here.…So I'm going to type in 60 degrees,…and it automatically updates, or if you want…to switch back to 90 degrees, you can easily…type that in there.…
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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