SOLIDWORKS Flat Pattern

Warning: Where are the Sheet Metal Flat Pattern Controls in SolidWorks 2013 SP0, SP1 and SP2?

My SolidWorks 2013 Pick of the Day is the cleaner feature manager structure in the Sheet Metal environment introduced by SolidWorks 2013. While the new folder structure is an important benefit for users, it introduces a major danger for people who are not familiar with the new interface. Trying to apply the old SolidWorks 2012 workflows for changing Sheet Metal settings might result in wrong Flat Patterns. That is why it is extremely important to watch this video all the way to the end. Note: SolidWorks is aware of this issue and will provide a fix in SolidWorks 2013 SP3.0. Update (2013.Jan.08): Robbie Liotta from SolidWorks provided more information on how the new functionality is supposed to work in SolidWorks 2013. Please read the second…

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SOLIDWORKS Loft Bend Problems and Solutions

If I were to compare the SOLIDWORKS Sheet Metal module with an Opera Company and you (the SOLIDWORKS user) with the director, then the Loft Bend would be a wanna-be diva; a spectacular feature with lots of potential but also very temperamental. The Loft Bend is unique among all the Sheet Metal features and, because of that, thinks very highly of herself. Her contract has to be “just so” in order to even consider appearing on the scene. For example: She will sing in 2 acts only (2 sketch planes), no more no less. She will wear only 2 dresses with hip high side slits (2 open sketches) She will create a scandal if, after her first performance, critical reviews are less than stellar. Most times, if you ask her to change…

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Flat Pattern Views for Sheet Metal Multi-body Parts

SOLIDWORKS has supported sheet metal multi-body parts for the last two releases, but that still came as a pleasant surprise for me. The advantages are huge and clear — you can design all your sheet metal components in the context of one part, generate a…

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