Join Gabriel Corbett for an in-depth discussion in this video Using the Convert to Sheet Metal command, part of SOLIDWORKS 2013-2017: Sheet Metal Design.
Many times designs evolve from what might have started as a solid body, might…actually be made from Sheet metal. Other times the geometry of a Sheet metal…part is too complex, and designing it as a solid is much easier.…Either way you go, SolidWorks to Convert to Sheet Metal command can easily convert…any or most geometry to a flattenable Sheet metal part.…All we need to know is the Sheet metal thickness and the band radius.…To get started, let's fire up the command and then choose the face that will be stationary.…So, under the Sheet Metal tab, let's go ahead and click on Convert to Sheet Metal.…And I'm going to choose the bottom face as my starting fixed face.…
There it is. I'm going to type in my thickness of…material, which is .063 and my bend rates about 30 looks pretty good.…Now, when I chose my bend edges I always want to chose edges that happened to be…around the fixed face. So, in this case here, I'm going to chose…this edge and you can see that as soon as I do that it highlights that entire face.…
- 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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