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

Article by Jim Peltier, CSWE updated July 14, 2015


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 cutout is going to be an ellipse. Generating that ellipse can be a challenge.

That is, unless you’re using SOLIDWORKS.

As you can see, the obvious method of having an assembly-level Cut-Extrude feature does not have the functionality of a Sheet Metal Cut-Extrude feature (Normal Cut option). Therefore, you must edit the part within the context of the assembly in order to get access to the Normal Cut option.

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Jim Peltier, CSWE

Jim has been using SolidWorks since 2001, and has spent most of that time working in the design of industrial automated manufacturing equipment. He has been working as an Applications Expert at Javelin Technologies in Oakville, Ontario since July 2012 and is a Certified SolidWorks Expert (CSWE).