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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

Chapter 10: Adding 3D Details to Models with Forming Tools

So far, we have learned how to add three-dimensional (3D) details to flat sheets by using features such as Edge Flanges. However, it is also possible to add 3D features by using Forming Tools. These are specially made tools that are commonly used to press shapes into flat faces.

This chapter explains how to use existing Forming Tools from the SolidWorks Design Library, as well as how to modify Forming Tools and create and use entirely Custom Forming Tools.

In this chapter, we're going to cover the following main topics:

  • Using Forming Tools
  • Modifying existing Forming Tools
  • Creating Custom Forming Tools