Normal Cut

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…

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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°)….

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Sheet Metal Tech Tip: Simplify Bends and Normal Cut [VIDEO]

Do you find yourself modeling up sheet metal parts a lot, but getting unusual things happening with your flat patterns? Maybe the flat pattern isn’t quite right. Maybe you just get errors when you try to flatten it. Well, I experience both in the video I’m about to show you. The “Normal Cut” requirement makes perfect sense. Being a very thin feature, it’s unreasonable for me to control the angle on the edge of my sheet metal. Chances are, I’m going to laser-cut this profile, so all my edges are going to be perpendicular to the face of the sheet metal. Using the “Normal Cut” option maintains my design intent for manufacture. The “Simplify Bends” option allows me to remove curves from the profile. This…

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