Join Gabriel Corbett for an in-depth discussion in this video Unfolding and folding parts, part of SOLIDWORKS 2013-2017: Sheet Metal Design.
Sometimes we can build parts in 3D. However, other times it's easy to work…with sheet metal parts in their flat state.…The Unfold command allows us to unfold one or more bends, make whatever changes we…need to, to the part, and then refold it. To get started, we need to choose what…face we would like to start with, on a flat section.…In this case here, I want to add a cut across, this bend here, and I want it to…continue from this face, over, across the bend, and up and around here.…To do so, let's go ahead and unfold this bend here.…
Let's go ahead and choose Sheet Metal tab, and come up to Unfold.…The first question is, which face is going to stay fixed?…In this case here, I want this one to stay fixed and this bend here, I want to choose…that bend and go ahead and click on OK. That just flattens out that one little…section and I can spin it around and see what I got.…Now I can choose this face here, to start sketch, click on Normal, too.…Come up to Sketch, start a new sketch, and I'm going to use the Slot command.…
- Understanding sheet metal fundamentals
- Creating base features
- Creating flanges and tabs
- Making hems and corner features
- Unfolding and folding parts
- Adding cuts across bends
- Adding welded corners
- Using the Forming tools
- Importing geometry
- Using the Convert to Sheet Metal command
- Making sheet metal drawings
- Exporting DWG and DXF files for laser cutting
- Building an assembly
- Creating parts in an assembly
- Creating flat patterns
- Using in-context design techniques
- Exporting parts
Skill Level 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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