SOLIDWORKS Sheet Metal

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

SOLIDWORKS Loft Bend Problems and Solutions

If I were to compare the SOLIDWORKS Sheet Metal module with an Opera Company and you (the SOLIDWORKS user) with the director, then the Loft Bend would be a wanna-be diva; a spectacular feature with lots of potential but also very temperamental. The Loft Bend is unique among all the Sheet Metal features and, because of that, thinks very…

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How to import Sheet Metal Geometry into SOLIDWORKS from STEP, Parasolid, IGES etc.

Importing model geometry can be a real pain if you don’t know how to apply some tricks.  We will take a look at a few techniques for SOLIDWORKS sheet metal import. Import Geometry When geometry is imported into SOLIDWORKS, a dialog appears and asks you to run “Import Diagnostics”. We will go ahead and run…

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Flat Pattern Views for Sheet Metal Multi-body Parts

SOLIDWORKS has supported sheet metal multi-body parts for the last two releases, but that still came as a pleasant surprise for me. The advantages are huge and clear — you can design all your sheet metal components in the context of one part, generate a handy cut-list and sprinkle the drawings with nice balloons, like in…

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Time Saver: Insert Sheet Metal Parameters in your Drawings

Before yesterday, I was sure I knew everything about custom properties and how to use them in parametric annotations. After all, if the information is already in the model, why not use it in Drawings, BOMs and other interesting places. Well… turns out I was wrong and… I am very happy about that! The values…

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SOLIDWORKS Sheet Metal Bend Allowance Calculations

In SOLIDWORKS there are several options for Sheet Metal Bend Allowance Calculations.  These calculations will determine the length of the flattened pattern shape.  Three of the most commonly used options are using a K-Factor value, a Bend Allowance value, or a Bend Deduction value.  Here are the calculations that SolidWorks is doing in the background when…

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Auto vs Corner Relief in SolidWorks Sheet Metal

Sheet Metal functionality within SolidWorks provides designers with powerful tools to create accurate, formable models of their designs.  However, a common point of confusion when using sheet metal functions is the difference between the auto relief and corner treatment tools.     Auto Relief When starting a sheet metal part by creating a base flange…

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How to create a SOLIDWORKS rolled component that can be flattened

A recent customer query had us considering a number of different methods to create a roll of material. After a number of attempts using various methods, the following suggestion was to create a SOLIDWORKS rolled component using the sheet metal functionality, this technique came from technical sales manager Elton Smith at DS SOLIDWORKS. The advantage to this method is that…

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How to create the “axis” of a bent hole?

Figure 1: Holes applied to a sheet metal part

Bronek Bednarz from L-3 Wescam showed me a sheet metal model (similar to the one shown in fig. 1) and asked a very interesting question: I need to place bolts in these bent holes, but – since the holes are no longer cylindrical – I cannot use their faces for Concentric Mates and they do not have…

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