Learn about saving flat patterns for laser cutting, water jet to punching.
- [Instructor] In this movie, I'm going…to be showing you how to save…out your sheet metal flat pattern…to a DWG or a DXF file that can be imported…into a laser cutter, a water jet,…or pretty much any type of blinking operation.…So on page one I've got a couple different views…and on page two I have the flat pattern.…Now I want to make sure my flat pattern is a one…to one scale and that's very important.…So click on the flat pattern itself,…come down here, and make sure it says,…as far as scale, use sheet scale…and it says one to one.…You can also verify that by right clicking…on the sheet itself, come over here…to properties and make sure…that scale says one to one and also make sure…that our sheet size is actually bigger…than the part itself or the flat pattern itself.…
Once that looks okay, just hit cancel…because we didn't make any modifications.…Now before we save this out, we also might want…to remove some of these center marks,…lines, and bend notes.…So an easy way to get rid of like center marks is…just click on it and hit delete.…
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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