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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

Working with Gussets

Now that we have learned about a few of the standard Sheet Metal tools, we can move on to the more specialist tools. The first of these is the Gusset. Similar to the Hem tool, this is a term that originally comes from clothing. Many items, such as shirts, contain gussets. These are small pieces of extra fabric, usually triangular, that are used to add extra strength. These might be found at the bottom of a shirt at its sides or in the armpit area, or even in the crotch of trousers.

In sheet metal, gussets are also used to add strength. However, there are different things that the term gusset may refer to. Sometimes, "gusset" or "gusset plate" is used to mean an extra piece of metal that is added to an assembly to give strength, such as at the bottom of a post, as shown in Figure 6.1.

Figure 6.1: A gusset at the bottom of a metal post

However, in SolidWorks Sheet Metal, the term gusset has a different meaning and...