Learn about bend radius, K-factor, bend deduction, gauge thicknesses, and material gauge thicknesses.
- [Instructor] So, what makes designing parts…in sheet metal inside of SolidWorks…different from other parts designed in SolidWorks?…Number one is sheet metal is always…gonna be a constant thickness,…we can't have various thicknesses throughout the part.…We're gonna then take that sheet material…and we're gonna cut it using either a laser cutter,…a punch press, a shear, or some other method…for cutting out a flat blank.…Then we're gonna take that and bend it…using standard tooling, or standard bend radiuses,…for the tooling that your shop happens to have.…
Once you have that, then you can do additional bends…in the material to create your final part.…So, let's go over a couple of the standard bend radiuses…and some of the different terms…that are used inside of sheet metal.…The first one up here is thickness.…Notice the thickness is very important.…Now, thickness varies not only by the type of material…but also by the region you're in.…If you're in Asia for instance, you're probably gonna be…only using millimeter size materials.…
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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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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