SOLIDWORKS Flat Pattern

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…

Read More...

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…

Read More...

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…

Read More...

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…

Read More...

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!…

Read More...

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…

Read More...

Mirror SOLIDWORKS Sheet Metal with Flat Pattern

Sheet metal is mirrored as any other SOLIDWORKS part by selecting a face and using the Insert > Mirror Part command. The option ‘Break Link to Original Part’ determines if the mirrored sheet metal will include flat pattern.

Read More...

Why Would SOLIDWORKS Flat Pattern Drawing View Display the Formed Part Instead?

SOLIDWORKS users occasionally come across a sheet metal drawing view that displays formed (bent) part instead of flat pattern. Here is the explanation of a common mistake that causes this problem. SOLIDWORKS creates flat-pattern configuration when the drawing of a sheet metal part is generated. The only…

Read More...

Want to become a SOLIDWORKS Expert?

Take a LIVE Online Training Course from Javelin