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

welded-nut

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

SolidWorks Sheet Metal Tutorial – Edge Flange Linked Profiles [VIDEO]

One of the most used features in SolidWorks Sheet Metal is the Edge Flange command. It is popular because in its basic mode (blind flange length) can mimic the forming process very well in an intuitive manner. But let's not stop here, since we can do so much more with the Edge ... Read More

SolidWorks Tutorial: Import Diagnostics (4) – Sheet Metal Conversion [VIDEO]

This is the fourth in a series of articles focused on troubleshooting and healing topological errors from geometry imported in SolidWorks. After we demonstrated the power of the Import Diagnostics tool for healing topological errors in imported geometry, today we will consider a ... Read More

SolidWorks Tutorial: Flip and Rotate Flat Pattern Drawing View

Sheet Metal Part

Often times we create sheet metal works of art (or just really complex designs) and we want the design to be clearly shown on the drawing. I've shown a relatively simple part above (just tell that to the laser cutting machine operator) - just a bent plate with some mounting holes ... Read More

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Sheet Metal Tech Tip: Simplify Bends and Normal Cut [VIDEO]

Do you find yourself modeling up sheet metal parts a lot, but getting unusual things happening with your flat patterns? Maybe the flat pattern isn't quite right. Maybe you just get errors when you try to flatten it. Well, I experience both in the video I'm about to show ... Read More

Creating Your Own Sheet Metal Forming Tool [VIDEO]

Design Library Forming Tools

There are several Sheet Metal Forming tools available in the Design Library that can be easily dragged onto a Sheet Metal part to add features.  Just be aware that SolidWorks Sheet Metal does not account for material deformation during the forming process.  The part will have a ... Read More

Alin’s SW 2013 SP3.0 Pick of the Day – Total Control for the Bend Allowance in Multibody Sheet Metal Parts

You have to upgrade to SolidWorks 2013 SP3.0 in order to have total control over the bend allowance for multibody sheet metal parts. Note: Many thanks to Anna Wood for making me aware about this new functionality!!! While the ability to control the thickness, default radius ... Read More