Creating a Cutout in a Sheet Metal Part for a Pipe Intersecting at an Angle [VIDEO]


If you've ever dealt with a panel that has a pipe intersecting it at an angle, you've probably been faced with the awkward situation of having to create a cutout for it. It's not going to be a circular cutout (unless the angle is 90°). It's not going to be a slot, either. The ... Read More

Introduction to SOLIDWORKS Sheet Metal in MySolidWorks

Sheet Metal Part

SOLIDWORKS 3D design software allows you to quickly and cost-effectively create sheet metal part designs using a simple design process, saving you time and development costs. Using SOLIDWORKS sheet metal tools you can: Design 3D solid sheet metal parts and ... Read More

Bend Lines Not Shown: Some Common Explanations [VIDEO]


A common SOLIDWORKS question we receive on the support desk is "where are my bend lines?" or "why are my bend lines not shown?" This can happen for a variety of reasons as I will explain in this video: The first method I tried was to go to View ... Read More

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Why Would SOLIDWORKS Flat Pattern Drawing View Display the Formed Part Instead?


SOLIDWORKS users occasionally come across a sheet metal drawing view that displays formed (bent) part instead of flat pattern. Here is the explanation of a common mistake that causes this problem. SOLIDWORKS creates ... Read More

Flatten Sheet Metal Part That Has Intentional Interference [VIDEO]


I was recently asked how to flatten sheet metal part in SolidWorks that interferes with itself. The short answer is that SolidWorks Sheet Metal is not designed to do this. Of course, as is often the case with SolidWorks, where there's a will there's a way! In this example, I ... Read More

How to Add a Welded Nut to Your Sheet Metal Part in SolidWorks using Move-Copy Bodies [VIDEO]


If you've ever tried to tap an M6 thread into a 1.5mm sheet metal part in real life, you will find that the threads strip very easily due to the fact that you will not even get 2 full threads in the material. Clinch nuts are the ideal answer, but another commonly used practise is ... Read More