# SOLIDWORKS Sheet Metal

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

## Designing a 90° Sheet Metal HVAC Duct in SOLIDWORKS – Part 1 of 4

Designing and manufacturing a duct for a ventilation system is easy, right? With this series I’m going to start with simple, but most commonly asked for in a HVAC system design, the 90° bend: I’m going to break down the SOLIDWORKS creation process into these 4 parts: How to sketch and model the duct part…

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## SOLIDWORKS MBD now has support for Sheet Metal

SOLIDWORKS MBD is a fantastic tool that eliminates the need for standard 2D drawings on the shop floor by creating and communicating design information directly onto your model. SOLIDWORKS MBD was first introduced in 2015 and has come a long way to deliver even more industry specific features. Now SOLIDWORKS MBD Sheet Metal support is…

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## How to convert a SOLIDWORKS Sheet Metal Thickness to a Gauge Value

A common practice in industry when working with SOLIDWORKS sheet metal is to show thickness as gauge value. For example, 20 gauge equals 0.0359 in. We will accomplish this using an equation, and IF statements to convert the values. Here is an example. This condition indicates that if the value is 0.0359, it is desired to display “20” as a result. Gauge_Number = IIF(“Thickness” LIKE 0.0359,…

## How to change a SOLIDWORKS Bend Note angle to be Complementary or Inside

What is a complementary angle? What am I referring to with changing the bend note angle to be complementary? Unfortunately, this won’t mean that your flat patterns will praise how great of a designer you are, but it certainly could help impress the manufacturing department! Check out the image below describing the difference between the…

## SOLIDWORKS Indented BOM with Single Body Sheet Metal Part

When you create a SOLIDWORKS Indented BOM from an assembly that contains sheet metal or weldment parts it will add further indented rows with the cutlist information.  You have the option to show the ‘Detailed cut list’ in the Indented BOM.  For weldment files, deselecting the ‘Detailed cut list’ option will show the total length…

## Practical Values for approximating “Zero Radius” bends in SOLIDWORKS

I am as sure as the words posted here that every sheet metal designer has been asked to fudge some values to represent a “SOLIDWORKS Zero Radius” bend or a “SOLIDWORKS Sharp Corner” at some point along the way. As it turns out there is a procedure for ensuring sharp corners in SOLIDWORKS, however it…

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## SOLIDWORKS 2018 Tab and Slot Feature

A costly part of manufacturing is creating the fixtures that are used to hold the parts in position during fabrication. That is why many designers are now turning to self-fixturing design technique to reduce the assembly and setup costs in the manufacturing process. In this technique the assembly components will be held together without the…

## Why can’t I Insert Forming Tools into my SOLIDWORKS Sheet Metal model?

SOLIDWORKS Forming Tools are found in the Design Library and are used to form sheet metal parts. In the following image, you can see how a forming tool is dragged from the Design Library onto the sheet metal model to form the part. From time to time a customer will contact us to ask why…

## How to convert to a Normal Cut in SOLIDWORKS 2018

When creating cut-extrudes on sheet metal models, it is recommended to choose the Normal Cut option under cut-extrude properties. What if a cut has already been made on a sheet metal and it is not normal? It could even be made by cut-loft feature. In SOLIDWORKS 2018, a new feature has been added to the…

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