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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

How to use Swept Flanges

In Chapter 3, Getting Familiar with Basic Tools in Sheet Metal, we learned how to easily add complex flange profiles to multiple edges using a Miter Flange. The Swept Flange tool can be used to create fairly similar parts, but with some important differences.

Swept Flanges can be thought of as similar to Swept Boss/Base features from normal solid modeling. Those features require two elements, a Profile sketch, and a Path sketch, for it to be swept along. The Swept Flange also needs these two elements, although existing edges are used instead of a standalone Path sketch.

To create a Swept Flange:

  1. Start a new part document and create a Base Flange 100x100mm in size and 1mm thick. The default Sheet Metal properties can be used.
  2. First, we need to sketch the profile of the flange that will be created. Start a sketch on one of four small faces of the Base Flange.
  3. Use the Line tool to draw a simple flange profile, like the one shown in Figure...