Learn about adding louvers, card guides, vents, and other form tools to a SOLIDWORKS part.
- [Instructor] Forming tools allow us to add in…custom form shapes into sheet metal.…We can add in ribs, louvers, card guides,…embosses, debosses, and the list keeps going.…Generally forming tools are custom.…However, quite a few standard shapes are available…at most manufacturers.…Now SolidWorks has some off-the-shelf louvers and ribs…and things like that we can automatically add,…that are pre-loaded into the Design Library.…And those are available right over here on the Library.…If you want to bring this out,…you can click on the little push pin,…it will stay out.…And down here you can see…there's a folder called Forming tools.…
Inside of there is embosses, extruded flanges,…lances, louvers, and ribs.…So we have a whole bunch of pre-made ones…that we can use in our designs.…And we can also create our own custom ones as well.…But for right now let's go ahead and click on embosses.…And let's go ahead and just drag out a circular emboss.…There it is.…I can flip the tool so it's going up,…or flip it so it's going down.…
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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