SOLIDWORKS Flat Pattern

Parametric Flat Pattern of Bent Rod/Tube in SOLIDWORKS

tube flat pattern

SOLIDWORKS Sheet Metal tools provide the ability to obtain the flat shape from a bent part.  The flat length of each bend is based on defined parameters.  This can be defined with K-factors, Bend Allowance or Bend Deduction.  For more information on Sheet Metal calculations,…

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SOLIDWORKS Sheet Metal Curvature Overlaps

Sheet Metal Part

Sometimes when you create a sheet metal design you must adhere to standard sheet metal sizes and what your company or outsourced company can cut on laser/plasma/water jet machines. Most companies will have tables large enough for a length of 120 inches but the lucky…

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How to Make and Flatten a Sheet Metal Cone in SOLIDWORKS

Sheet Metal Cone

Creating a Sheet metal cone in SOLIDWORKS can seem like a complex task, but I’m here to alleviate your worries and provide you with the correct workflow. I typically like to start my first sketch on the Top Plane. Using my sheet metal open sketch…

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Using the SOLIDWORKS Sheet Metal Bounding Box to create Flat Pattern Data

Several times in my career I’ve had rush jobs that need an estimate right away, or, the material might be a long lead request/special order coming from another city or in some cases a different country. Having the basic dimensions of a part can help…

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How to automatically create a SOLIDWORKS Sheet Metal Flat Pattern Configuration

If a job can be automated in SOLIDWORKS and reduces the amount of time it takes to create I say do it, especially if it works every time. The flat pattern can be created automatically while making a drawing and since most parts require a…

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How do I resolve the ‘No Bends Found’ SOLIDWORKS Sheet Metal Error?

No Bends Found SOLIDWORKS Sheet Metal Error

Have you ever received this SOLIDWORKS Sheet Metal Error? “No bends found.” Why do I get this error? This is a common sheet metal error I used to see all the time. This typically occurs when you are converting a solid body part into a…

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How to flip the Bend Direction of a SOLIDWORKS Sheet Metal Part

The stated Bend Direction in a SOLIDWORKS Sheet Metal drawing is based on the defined fixed face of the model. Editing the Flat Pattern feature, in the Flat-Pattern folder, will display the currently defined “Fixed face”. To change the Bend Direction, select a face that…

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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!…

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SOLIDWORKS 2016 Sheet Metal: Seeing Swept Flanges in a “Hole” new way

Sheet Metal Swept Feature

One of the best sheet metal enhancements in SOLIDWORKS 2016 is the ability to add Cut Features to a Swept Flange and have those features map correctly to the Flat Pattern.   Although the Swept Flange tool is a wonderful part of the Sheet Metal toolset, I have…

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