If SOLIDWORKS Simulation did not recognize sheet metal part when you created a simulation study then watch the video below to learn how to solve the issue.
In the figure below, the created part seems to be sheet metal since a ‘sheet metal’ folder exist in the FeatureManager Design Tree. However there is no Sheet Metal Feature that fully defines the extruded feature as a Sheet Metal part. Therefore, the criteria that simulation looks for to automatically convert Sheet Metal bodies to mid-extrude shells is not satisfied.
The easiest way to convert this part into sheet metal without starting from the scratch is to select: ‘Insert‘ > ‘Sheet Metal‘ > ‘Bends‘ > select either the top or bottom face > ‘OK‘ > then click ‘OK‘ to dismiss the ‘No bends found’ message.
Now create a new study or right-click on the body in the existing study and note that ‘Treat as Sheet Metal’ is now available.
Here is a video demonstration of the steps described above.
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