In this video, learn how to apply the new tab and slot tools.
- [Instructor] The tab and slot feature is a great new addition to SolidWorks 2018. Now this tool works with both regular parts as well as sheet metal parts. To get it started, go up here to insert, let's come down here to sheet metal, and then come down here to tab and slot. All right, so obviously we have to have two components, or two edges, or two faces that are coming together so we can create tabs in one face and holes or slots in the other face. In this case here, I've got this red piece, and I want to create the tabs on that piece.
So go ahead and choose this edge right here to create the tabs, and as far as the face you create the slots, I'm going to spin this around and choose this surface right over here, and right away we get a preview of what's going to be happening here. So you can see here we've got a point here on one side, we've got a point here on the other side, which means we're going to be creating tabs and slot over that entire length, which is fine. If you wanted to change that obviously you could create a sketch or something like that or snap to a different endpoint. Come down here as far as the offset, you have the ability to either offset these things or not, and you can choose how much you want to offset from one edge or from the other edge just by using the up and down arrows or just typing in the value.
So I'm going to go ahead and make these both ten. You can also come here and adjust the length of the slot or the quantity of slots. So you can change the spacing length if you want to here or the equal spacing and then how many of them you'd like to have across that surface. All right, I'm going to put five. As far as the length, you can define that right over here. You can make it a little bit bigger or a little bit smaller. Whatever happens to fit your requirement. The length of these is going to be up to the surface. You can also change that to blind or offset from surface as well. So something like that, you can make them a little bit longer and you could make them in the reverse direction so they're sticking out further if you wanted to like, bend those over or something like that.
A couple of different options there, but in this case here, let's go ahead and just turn those back into up to surface, and then of course we have a couple options of making sharp edges that we can round the, or fillet, or chamfer the corners, so I'm going to go ahead and chamfer the corners, which sounds like a good idea, and you can zoom in here and see what's going to happen. So that looks pretty nice, and once everything looks good, just go ahead and click on the green check mark, and just that easily we're able to add tabs and slots to these two parts here. Now these are sheet metal pieces, but you could also do the exact same thing if you just had regular extrudes or individual pieces that you needed to create tabs and slots between two components.