SOLIDWORKS Sheet Metal Gauge

Reduce Costly Manufacturing Errors with a SOLIDWORKS Sheet Metal Service

SOLIDWORKS Sheet Metal Service

Common Sheet Metal Issues When I visit clients, I am surprised that SOLIDWORKS users are not aware of the sheet metal bend tables included with the software and quite often I find there is a disconnect between design/engineering and manufacturing departments. Typically this means: Engineering/design may not be providing the right information to manufacturing. The as built part can often be different to the design drawing. Costs are incurred as the wrong material is ordered for inventory. Wasted time defining sheet metal characteristics, and sometimes use tooling that does not exist in store! Wasted time with rework, and purchasing unnecessary tooling and material. Using a generic K-factor of 0.5 (or similar value) to calculate sheet metal part flat patterns means that when working with thicker gauges, and multiple bend parts; the inaccuracy of using a generic value results in parts that are off by as much as a 1/4 inch!…


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, 20, IIF(“Thickness” LIKE 0.0598, 16, IIF(“Thickness” LIKE 0.1345, 10, 1000))) Add extra IIF statements to the equation to show the desired gauge value. Create a custom property to use in your layout.


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