SOLIDWORKS Sheet Metal

SOLIDWORKS Sheet Metal Tips and Tricks from Javelin’s Certified Experts

SOLIDWORKS Sheet Metal Sketch Transformations

SOLIDWORKS Sheet Metal includes a Sketch Transformation folder in the Flat Pattern feature when a sketch is added to a face that is not the fixed face (i.e. a face that moves when the piece is flattened).  Within this folder is a derived sketch of the original so it stays on the face as it…

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Bend Allowance, Bend Deduction and K-Factor Tables in SOLIDWORKS

SOLIDWORKS Sheet Metal Bend Table

In this series of blog posts it was discussed what different terms like Bend Allowance, Bend Deduction and K-Factor mean and how we can calculate them for a specific sheet. You can read the previous post: What are Bend Allowance, Bend Deduction and K-Factor? And the post that explains how to calculate them here. In this post…

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Calculating Bend Allowance, Bend Deduction, and K-Factor

Calculating Bend Allowance

In my previous post I talked about K-Factor, Bend Allowance and Bend Deduction and what they mean in sheet metal design. Now let’s see how we can obtain these values for a specific sheet. As I mentioned in my last post you need to do some tests to calculate these values for a specific sheet….

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The SOLIDWORKS Vent Feature is not just for Sheet Metal

An interesting feature in the Sheet Metal tab is the SOLIDWORKS Vent feature. Using the Vent feature, you can create a cutout, along with ribs, spars, and a filled-in boundary with just a very simple sketch. To accomplish the same thing using a Cut-Extrude would require a complex series of offsets and the process wouldn’t lend…

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What Are Bend Allowance, Bend Deduction and K-Factor?

In a series of posts we are going to review the most important sheet metal design terminology — Bend Allowance, Bend Deduction and K-Factor. In this post I will review what these terms mean and in the next post I will show you how to calculate and use them in SOLIDWORKS. In sheet metal bending process when metal…

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Gain Productivity by using Sheet Metal in SOLIDWORKS

By using the SOLIDWORKS sheet metal tools your productivity can be dramatically increased as well as be a cost effective solution to producing sheet metal models! With the sheet metal functionality you are able to: Create Base, Edge, Swept and Miter Flanges Take control of bend allowances/bend reductions by using bend tables Generate a number of bends…

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Inserting a 3D Cross-Break in SOLIDWORKS

A question we sometimes get in the SOLIDWORKS Sheet Metal course is how to insert a 3D cross-break. The functionality seems to be there in the SOLIDWORKS Cross-Break command on the Sheet Metal toolbar, but upon inspection, the cross break it inserts is merely cosmetic. In most applications, this will be sufficient, since the distortion…

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SOLIDWORKS 2017 Normal Cut Optimize Geometry for Sheet Metal

SOLIDWORKS 2017 provides optimized cuts through complex sheet metal parts! Cuts through thick walled sheet metal could sometimes give unexpected results. But a new option to ‘Optimize Geometry’ helps avoid problematic shapes when cutting through angled or curved faces. SOLIDWORKS 2017 Resources Access our resources page to get everything you need to learn what’s new in SOLIDWORKS…

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SOLIDWORKS 2017 brings relief to your sheet metal three bend corners

One of the common flange challenges that a sheet metal designer bumps into is the need to add a corner relief in their designs. In many cases this is where two bends come together, in other cases it is where three similar bends come together in a single corner. SOLIDWORKS 2017 has the tools to…

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