free solidworks tutorial -sheetmetal assembly
whats in for audience: lesson to exercise solidworks sheetmetal assembly
target feature of tutotrial: solidworks sheetmetal
features used in tutorial:
- solidworks sketch
- solidworks base flange
- solidworks extruded cut
- solidworks fillet
- solidworks mirror
- solidworks revolved boss
- solidworks extrude
- solidworks assembly tools
difficulty level: advanced
provided by: SolidWorksAdvisor (SWA)
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solidworks tutorial -sheetmetal assembly
This time we are going to model the punching machine via sheetmetal features.So let’s begin with the first part.Create a new part in solidworks. We need to work with sheetmetal features so if you can’t see the tab right click on one of the existing tabs and check sheetmetal too:
Click on the base flange button and select the top plane to open a sketch on it
Draw this rectangle:
Now add this relation:
Now click exit sketch button then we can edit the base flange properties
Set these properties and click ok
Save your work as “part-1”. Click on the edge flange and select the edge :
Choose the direction
Set the flange length in edge-flange properties and click ok
Do the same for the other side and now you have this part:
Now we are going to make a cut. So select the below flange and open a sketch on it:
Draw a rectangle and dimension it like this :
Go to features tab and select the extruded cut and Cut the rectangle through all the part
Save your work.
From features tab select fillet then select below edges. Set radius 5 and click ok.
Select below flange and open a sketch on it. Draw this circle. Make a concentric relation with shown edge.
In features tab select extruded cut and cut the circle through all the part
Save and close the part-1. Create another new part and save it as part-2. Click on base flange in sheetmetal tab. And select the top plane for sketch.
Draw the rectangle and fix it in its place like this :
Exit the sketch and click ok on the base flange properties
Create a edge-flange on the shown edge with below properties:
Do that for the other edge too
Save your work
Now we are going to cut again. Select the shown flange and draw below sketch on it:
In features tab,click on the extruded cut and cut the sketch through all the part
Select below edges and then click edge flange in sheet metal tab
Set the parameters and click ok
Select the shown edges then click edge flange . set the parameters and click ok.
Save your work
Ok. you are doing good. Now it’s time for the third part. Open a new document and save it as part-3. Go to the sheet metal tab and click base flange again. select the top plane to open the sketch on it. And draw the below rectangle with its dimensions:
Exit the sketch and set the properties for base flange. click ok.
Select both side edges and click the edge flange. Set the parameters and click ok
Select the below shown edge and then click edge flange. Set the parameters and click ok.
Go to the features tab and select the fillet.
Set 4 for the radius and select below edges :
Click ok and save your work
Select the side flange and by below sketch create whole through all the part:
Save and close your work
Now it’s time to design the main pin. It’s easy. Just create a new part and draw the following sketch in the top plane:
Now mirror it with respect to a vertical centerline which comes out from origin point
Now we are going to give it a volume. Select revolved boss/base in features tab.
Select the middle line as axis of revolution and if you see the preview click ok
Save your part as part-4 and close it. Only two handles left to do. Let’s start with the lower handle. Create a new part and save it by the name of part-5.Now open a sketch on top plane in this part. And draw like below.
Extrude the sketch like this and click ok
Draw the below sketch on the top surface of the part
Now cut the sketch
Fillet the selected edges
And now we are going to make the upper handle. Create a new part and save it by the name of part-6 then open a sketch on the top plane and draw the below object
Now extrude the sketch
Now we are going to make the final cut. Draw this sketch on the upper face of the part:
While the sketch is open click the cut-extrude feature. Set the properties and click ok.
Now fillet all the edges:
Save your work and close it. Now we have all the parts and in the next step we will make the final assembly.Let’s begin the assembly. Create a new assembly document
In the begin assembly window browse for the part-1 and when the appeared in the working area click there
The (f) in front of the part-1 means that this is the base part and the part is fixed in its location
Now we are going to bring the next part. Click the insert component button in the assembly tab
In the insert component window browse the part-4 and click in the working area. now part-4 must be in your sight.
Save your work. move the part-4 close to the end of the part-1. Click move button in the assembly tab
Now click on part-4 and drag the part close to the end of part-1 while you holding down the left mouse key.
Now we assemble the pin. Solidworks uses mate tool for this purpose. Click on the mate button in the assembly tab/toolbar.
Select the cylindrical body of the part-4 and then select the whole surface of the part-1. If you do it right solidworks will assume the concentric as the rule and shows this preview:
Click ok. Now we have the first mate but it is not enough to fix the part-4 in its place so we need another mate. Select the below face of part-4 :
Now select the below face of the part-1and solidworks will automatically assume the coincident mate for the assembly. Select distance and set 0.7mm.
Click ok twice. Now we have assembled the first part and we are ready to bring the next.
Click insert component button again. Browse for the part-2 and click in the working area to bring to the assembly.
Now we will fix the part-2 in its place. Select the outer edges of part-1 and part-2 and select distance as the rule of mate and set 0.7 as the distance. Be careful about the direction cause part-2 must locate inside of the part-1 so use the flip direction check box for getting the desired result.
Select ok once. Now select the hole on the part-2 and select the cylindrical body of the pin and select concentric as the rule of mate then click ok twice.
Before we bring in the next part rotate the part 2 to get a better vision of all assembly. For this purpose select tiny triangle under the move component button and select rotate component
Click on the part 2 and move your mouse while you holding down the left mouse key. Move your mouse until you get a result like this :
Save your work. Now we are ready to insert the part-3. Just like what you did before click the insert component button and browse for the part-3 and click somewhere close to the assembly in the working area and part-3 will show up in your work.
We need to rotate the part-3 first. Click rotate button in the assembly toolbar. Select about entity for this rotation and then select the edge of the part-3 now rotate the part around it to get the below result:
Make a concentric mate between the hole on part-3 and the head of the pin:
Now we should move the part-3 to its location and for this purpose select the two faces shown below and apply a distance mate of 0.7mm between them. Be careful of direction again the whole assembly must locate inside of the part-3.
Rotate the part-3 upward to get better vision of your work
Put an angular mate between two edges of part-3 and part-2 which are shown below:
Create an angular mate between the below edges too:
Only two parts are left. Click the insert component button again and browse for the part-5, select it then click somewhere near the assembly to bring it in.
Now put it in its place. Select below faces and make a coincident mate and click ok
Select below faces and make a coincident mate
Select below faces and make a distance mate
Click ok twice and save your work. Now only one part is left to complete the assembly. Click insert component in the assembly tools and browse for the part-6 select it and click near assembly to bring it in.
Rotate the part around one its edges to get the below result
Now we will put the part in its place. Select below faces and make a distance mate between them:
Click ok. Now select below faces and make another distance:
Now move the part to its place by following coincident mate. click mate and select below faces and apply coincident mate.
Click ok. Congratulations. You just finished an assembly of sheet metal parts.
But as you can see the look of our work is not desirable so we are going to give it a better look.
In the working area right click on the part-6 and select appearances then select part-6 And change the color to red and click ok.
Do it for the part-5 too:
Now change all the other parts colors to the below shown color:
Save your work:
Change the display style to shaded:
Satisfied?! I must say that I’m not.
Your work is done here and you can save and leave your project but I like to fillet the edges of the part 5 & 6 (0.5mm) to get even a better look. Just like below.