Colour me surprised when I read in the SOLIDWORKS 2021 What’s New Manual that we can now place Edge Flanges on circular or nonlinear edges.
In the previous version this is what it looked like when we tried to select a circular edge. There was just no response and no highlighting. What we had to do was a Swept Flange. There is nothing wrong with the Swept Flange, but it requires an extra step with the profile sketch, much like a Swept Boss.
This is a like a satisfying before and after commercial. Take a look at the edge in 2021. It highlights and recognizes. The process to create the nonlinear Edge Flange is the exact same as a regular Edge Flange. Same feature, same workflow.
To find Edge Flange you will use the Sheet Metal toolbar, search with the top right or Insert > Sheet Metal > Edge Flange.
As per usual, we can select multiple circular edges but now, we can combine this with linear edges as well.
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