SOLIDWORKS Sheet Metal

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

Creating Your Own Sheet Metal Forming Tool [VIDEO]

There are several Sheet Metal Forming tools available in the Design Library that can be easily dragged onto a Sheet Metal part to add features.  Just be aware that SolidWorks Sheet Metal does not account for material deformation during the forming process.  The part will have a uniform thickness through the formed feature even if…

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Total Control for Bend Allowance in SOLIDWORKS Multibody Sheet Metal Parts

Calculating Bend Allowance

You have to upgrade to SOLIDWORKS 2013 SP3.0 in order to have total control over the bend allowance for multibody sheet metal parts. Note: Many thanks to Anna Wood for making me aware about this new functionality While the ability to control the thickness, default radius and the bend allowance at the body level has…

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Sheet Metal Bend Deduction Calculations with Switching Directions

When using Bend Deductions in sheet metal, be careful when you have corners that change directions.  As shown at the bottom of the blog post Sheet Metal Bend Allowance Calculations, the Bend Deduction calculation is straight forward by taking all outside dimensions then subtracting the bend deduction values for each bend. All Bends in the…

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Warning: Where are the Sheet Metal Flat Pattern Controls in SolidWorks 2013 SP0, SP1 and SP2?

My SolidWorks 2013 Pick of the Day is the cleaner feature manager structure in the Sheet Metal environment introduced by SolidWorks 2013. While the new folder structure is an important benefit for users, it introduces a major danger for people who are not familiar with the new interface. Trying to apply the old SolidWorks 2012…

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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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