free solidworks tutorial-sheetmetal
type : tutorial ebook - PDF
whats in for audience: lesson to exercise solidworks sheetmetal
target feature of tutotrial: solidworks sheetmetal
features used in tutorial:
- solidworks sketch
- solidworks base flange
- solidworks refrence geometry
- solidworks mirror
- solidworks edge flange
- solidworks unfold
difficulty level: advanced
provided by: SolidWorksAdvisor (SWA)
price: free solidworks tutorial PDF book
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Solidworks sheet metal tools are great features to design any kind of formed metal parts. Here we are going to create a shelf for example.
If you don’t know the basics about solidworks I recommend you to visit the solidworks beginner tutorials first.
First of all create a new part and right click on the last tab and select sheetmetal. this will bring on the sheetmetal tools tab.
Now click on the sheet metal tab. As you can see there is only two tools are in active mode. We should start with “base flange/tab” tool. click on it .three main planes appear in your screen and should select one of them to create the first sketch :
Select front plane ,A sketch opens, draw this sketch :
Click on the base flange tool (sheet metal tab) :
Set the following in the property manager of base flange:
Now click on edge flange, then click on the edge shown below :
Under flange length, set the distance to 20mm. click on the edit flange profile under the flange parameters, and drag the endpoint of the line like this and set the x value 100 :
Do this for the other end and set the x value -100 :
Click ok and then click finish. Click on the edge of the flange that you just create:
Click on the edge flange again, set 30 for distance and click ok.
Click on the features tab, click on the mirror, under mirror plane select the front plane, select edge flange 1&2 for features to mirror, click ok.
Back to sheet metal tab, click on the jog, solidworks asks you to choose a plane, click on the surface of the part and a sketch opens, draw this line:
The length of the line is not important, only specify the distance between the line and the closest edge. Exit the sketch, under selections, for the fixed face click on the right side of the line and the jog preview appears:
Select the face shown below and open a sketch on it:
Draw this sketch:
Exit the sketch, click on the vent in sheet metal toolbar, and then click ok.
Mirror the feature that you’ve just create:
Create the last flange, click on the edge flange, click on the front edge of the part, set 20 for distance and click ok:
Ok. The part is completed, now just unfold the part to see the initial sheet metal, click on unfold from sheet metal tab, select the below face of the part and click “collect all bends”.