SOLIDWORKS Sheet Metal

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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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SOLIDWORKS Simulation did not recognize my Sheet Metal part? [VIDEO]

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…

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SOLIDWORKS Sheet Metal Rip Option Examples

The PropertyManager for the Convert to Sheet Metal command includes the options for Rip Edges Found (Read-Only) and Rip Sketches.  Sometimes it may not be clear what or if anything needs to be selected in these sections.  Often, there is nothing to select; these options are to be used if needed. A rip in sheet…

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SOLIDWORKS 2016 Sheet Metal: Seeing Swept Flanges in a “Hole” new way

Sheet Metal Swept Feature

One of the best sheet metal enhancements in SOLIDWORKS 2016 is the ability to add Cut Features to a Swept Flange and have those features map correctly to the Flat Pattern.   Although the Swept Flange tool is a wonderful part of the Sheet Metal toolset, I have had many users comment about how frustrated they were that…

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

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…

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Introduction to SOLIDWORKS Sheet Metal in MySolidWorks

Sheet Metal Part

SOLIDWORKS 3D design software allows you to quickly and cost-effectively create sheet metal part designs using a simple design process, saving you time and development costs. Using SOLIDWORKS sheet metal tools you can: Design 3D solid sheet metal parts and assemblies Convert 3D models or imported CAD models directly to SOLIDWORKS sheet metal models and automatically input your own…

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Why are my SOLIDWORKS Bend Lines not being displayed?

SOLIDWORKS Bend Lines

A common question we receive on the support desk is “where are my SOLIDWORKS bend lines?” or “why are my SOLIDWORKS bend lines not shown?” This can happen for a variety of reasons which I will explain in this video: Displaying SOLIDWORKS Bend Lines The first method I tried was to go to View >…

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Use Non-Parallel Planes for a SOLIDWORKS Sheet Metal Loft! [VIDEO]

SOLIDWORKS Sheet Metal Loft

Some of my favorite enhancements to come from this latest release of SOLIDWORKS are addressing some limitations that have affected my own workflow in the past. Traditionally, one would require the use of parallel planes in order to create a SOLIDWORKS Sheet Metal Loft part with dissimilar profiles.  Once the loft was created, one could…

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