Learn about creating a sheet metal part from a solid.
- [Instructor] Many times designs evolve…from what might have started as a solid body…might actually be made from sheet metal.…Other times, geometry of a sheet metal part…is too complex and designing it as a solid is much easier.…Either way you go, SolidWorks has a…Convert to Sheet Metal command that will allow you to create…a flatten-able metal sheet metal part…from a solid, very quickly and easily.…So to get started, let me show you…what we're going to be doing.…So right here you can see, we have this solid,…and we're gonna create a sheet metal part from it.…And that is gonna look a lot like this part here,…so you can see, we used that original solid…and then created a sheet metal part around it.…
And then my other example here is gonna be,…this part here, which starts as a non-sheet metal part,…and we convert it over to a sheet metal part here,…with bent edges.…So those are my basic things I'm gonna be using,…and creating, so let's go ahead and close this one here,…let's leave this one open,…and let's go ahead and also close this part here.…
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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