Learn about using the SOLIDWORKS symmetry tools with sheet metal.
- [Instructor] In this video,…I'm gonna be showing you how to use the mirror command…to mirror individual features,…as well as individual bodies.…So the first thing I wanna do is,…notice over here, I've got this phalange down here.…And I'd like to mirror that phalange…up to the top surface here.…So to do that, we need a plane.…Now notice there's no plane right there in the middle.…So we need to create one.…So let's go over to features,…reference geometry, and choose a plane.…And my first reference is gonna be…this bottom edge right here.…So click on that edge right there.…And my second reference is gonna be the top edge.…And as I'm choosing those two,…and it puts a plane right between there.…
So no matter how big that phalange gets,…that plane will always be right in the middle.…Click OK.…That's what we're gonna use to mirror this thing.…So now go over to features mirror.…Click on that one.…And my feature to mirror,…I can choose from here if I'd like to,…or you can come over here and grab that edge phalange.…So here's my edge phalange.…
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
Designing a Sheet Metal Enclosure with SOLIDWORKSwith Gabriel Corbett2h 31m Intermediate
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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