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Mastering SOLIDWORKS Sheet Metal

By : Johno Ellison
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Mastering SOLIDWORKS Sheet Metal

By: Johno Ellison

Overview of this book

SOLIDWORKS© is the premier software choice for 3D engineering and product design applications across a wide range of industries, and the Sheet Metal module forms an important part of this powerful program. This book will help you to understand exactly what Sheet Metal is, why it is used, and how you can make the most of this fundamental design feature. You’ll start by understanding the basic tools, including Base Flanges and Sketched Bends, before moving on to more complex features such as Custom Forming Tools and Lofted Bends. The book covers all the necessary tools in a step-by-step manner and shares practical manufacturing tips and tricks that will allow you to apply the skills that you learn to real-world situations. By the end of this SOLIDWORKS book, you’ll have understood how to make the best use of SOLIDWORKS Sheet Metal tools and be able to create a whole range of 3D models and designs confidently.
Table of Contents (18 chapters)
Section 1: Getting Started with the Sheet Metal Module
Section 2: Advanced Sheet Metal Tools
Section 3: Converting 3D Parts to Sheet Metal and Creating a Sheet Metal Enclosure

Removing corner gaps by adding Welded Corners

The Welded Corners tool can completely close a corner gap by welding the corners together. This tool is the simplest of the four Corner Tools and can be used as follows:

  1. Delete the Closed Corner feature from the previous section so that we just have a single Base Flange (50x50x2mm) with two adjacent Edge Flanges that are 30mm high and at a 90° angle.
  2. Select the Welded Corner tool from the Sheet Metal Corner tools.
  3. Now we simply need to select the side face of one of the Edge Flanges.

We will then see a yellow preview of the Welded Corner (Figure 9.8):

Figure 9.8: Adding a Welded Corner

Figure 9.8: Adding a Welded Corner

  1. By default, the Welded Corner will run the full length of the selected face, but if needed, a stopping point can be added by creating a sketch with a point in it, on the side face of the flange, before creating the Welded Corner.
  2. A welded area can be rounded off by selecting the Add fillet...