Learn about creating compound curves using the SOLIDWORKS Swept Flange tool.
- [Instructor] The swept flange tool…allows you to create very complicated compound bends…inside of the sheet metal package.…But be careful using this tool…because a lot of times the parts you'll create…using this tool will be very difficult to manufacture…and then you have to use some type of stamping…or some custom tooling or hydroform part…to actually produce the parts.…It generally won't be created using traditional press brakes…to create this type of part.…So to get started, let's go ahead and choose an edge.…So what I'd like to do is choose an adjacent edge…to the edge I'm gonna be creating the flange on.…So over here,…I wanna make this flange go down this edge here…and around my part.…
So what I want to do is, I wanna draw on this surface here…or that flat face.…So go ahead and highlight the face,…click on Sketch and start a sketch.…Now let's go ahead and draw a line going up.…I'm gonna come over…and then I'm gonna come out like a little bit…of a 45 degree.…We can define that a little bit later.…But you can see right 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
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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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