Learn how to dimension sheet metal parts with ordinate dimensions, virtual sharps, and best practices.
- [Narrator] Ordinate dimensions are used primarily in sheet…metal because there are so many items normally in sheet…metal parts that makes it really hard to use base line…dimensions, or any other dimensioning technique.…So, ordinate dimensions really help out here.…So to add in an ordinate dimension…it's pretty straightforward, go over here to annotations,…smart dimension and click on the little drop down here…and click on horizontal ordinate dimensions.…Now I need to choose where my starting point is,…where my base line of of that dimension.…I'm gonna go ahead and zoom in here and choose this…very first edge here and then drag that down…to where that zero is, down below my part.…
Now I've started the ordinate dimension,…now anything I click on will be added to this dimension.…So I'm gonna go ahead and choose this hole,…about the edge of this slot,…the other edge.…I could come down here,…this lines up so I don't need another dimension there.…Up at the top of that arc,…same thing over here, top of the arch 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
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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