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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

Using Vents

The Vent tool is used to create cut-outs of various shapes and can easily be used to add detailed Vents. This feature isn't strictly limited to Sheet Metal and can also be used in normal solid modeling. However, Vents are very common in sheet metal parts, so the feature appears grouped with the other Sheet Metal tools:

  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. To create a Vent, we need to sketch to define the size and shape of the Vent feature. Start a sketch on the large, top face of the Base Flange.
  3. Sketch a circle at the Origin that is 80mm in diameter. Note that Vents don't have to be circular; they can use any closed profile.
  4. Next, we need to add extra Sketch Entities to create Spars. Select the Offset Entities tool from the Sketch tab, set an Offset of 10mm, and select the original 80mm circle that we drew. This should create a new circle that&apos...