SOLIDWORKS Sheet Metal

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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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