116 solidworks sheetmetal assembly

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

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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:

1 116 solidworks sheetmetal assembly sheetmetal tab

Click on the base flange button and select the top plane to open a sketch on it

2 116 solidworks sheetmetal assembly base flange

Draw this rectangle:

3 116 solidworks sheetmetal assembly sketch

Now add this relation:

4 116 solidworks sheetmetal assembly add relation

5 116 solidworks sheetmetal assembly add relation

6 116 solidworks sheetmetal assembly sketch

Now click exit sketch button then we can edit the base flange properties

7 116 solidworks sheetmetal assembly exit sketch

Set these properties and click ok

8 116 solidworks sheetmetal assembly base flange

Save your work as “part-1”. Click on the edge flange and select the edge :

9 116 solidworks sheetmetal assembly edge flange

10 116 solidworks sheetmetal assembly edge flange

Choose the direction

11 116 solidworks sheetmetal assembly edge flange

Set the flange length in edge-flange properties and click ok

12 116 solidworks sheetmetal assembly edge flange length

Do the same for the other side and now you have this part:

13 116 solidworks sheetmetal assembly edge flange length

Now we are going to make a cut. So select the below flange and open a sketch on it:

14 116 solidworks sheetmetal assembly sketch

Draw a rectangle and dimension it like this :

15 116 solidworks sheetmetal assembly sketch

Go to features tab and select the extruded cut and Cut the rectangle through all the part 

16 116 solidworks sheetmetal assembly extruded cut

17 116 solidworks sheetmetal assembly extruded cut18 116 solidworks sheetmetal assembly extruded cut

Save your work.

19 116 solidworks sheetmetal assembly extruded cut

 

From features tab select fillet then select below edges. Set radius 5 and click ok.

20 116 solidworks sheetmetal assembly fillet

21 116 solidworks sheetmetal assembly fillet

Select below flange and open a sketch on it. Draw this circle. Make a concentric relation with shown edge.

22 116 solidworks sheetmetal assembly sketch

In features tab select extruded cut and cut the circle through all the part

23 116 solidworks sheetmetal assembly extruded cut

24 116 solidworks sheetmetal assembly extruded cut

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.

25 116 solidworks sheetmetal assembly base flange

26 116 solidworks sheetmetal assembly planes

Draw the rectangle and fix it in its place like this :

27 116 solidworks sheetmetal assembly sketch

Exit the sketch and click ok on the base flange properties

28 116 solidworks sheetmetal assembly sketch

29 116 solidworks sheetmetal assembly base flange30 116 solidworks sheetmetal assembly base flange

Create a edge-flange on the shown edge with below properties:

31 116 solidworks sheetmetal assembly edge flange

32 116 solidworks sheetmetal assembly edge flange

Do that for the other edge too

33 116 solidworks sheetmetal assembly edge flange

34 116 solidworks sheetmetal assembly edge flange

Save your work

35 116 solidworks sheetmetal assembly edge flange

Now we are going to cut again. Select the shown flange and draw below sketch on it:

36 116 solidworks sheetmetal assembly sketch

37 116 solidworks sheetmetal assembly sketch38 116 solidworks sheetmetal assembly sketch

In features tab,click on the extruded cut and cut the sketch through all the part

39 116 solidworks sheetmetal assembly cut

40 116 solidworks sheetmetal assembly cut

Select below edges and then click edge flange in sheet metal tab

41 116 solidworks sheetmetal assembly cut

Set the parameters and click ok

42 116 solidworks sheetmetal assembly edge flange

43 116 solidworks sheetmetal assembly edge flange

Select the shown edges then click edge flange . set the parameters and click ok.

44 116 solidworks sheetmetal assembly edge flange

45 116 solidworks sheetmetal assembly edge flange46 116 solidworks sheetmetal assembly edge flange

Save your work

47 116 solidworks sheetmetal assembly edge flange

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:

48 116 solidworks sheetmetal assembly sketch

Exit the sketch and set the properties for base flange. click ok.

49 116 solidworks sheetmetal assembly flange

50 116 solidworks sheetmetal assembly flange

Select both side edges and click the edge flange. Set the parameters and click ok

51 116 solidworks sheetmetal assembly flange

52 116 solidworks sheetmetal assembly flange

Select the below shown edge and then click edge flange. Set the parameters and click ok.

53 116 solidworks sheetmetal assembly flange

54 116 solidworks sheetmetal assembly flange window

Go to the features tab and select the fillet.

55 116 solidworks sheetmetal assembly fillet

Set 4 for the radius and select below edges :

56 116 solidworks sheetmetal assembly fillet items

57 116 solidworks sheetmetal assembly fillet preview

Click ok and save your work

58 116 solidworks sheetmetal assembly final part

Select the side flange and by below sketch create whole through all the part:

59 116 solidworks sheetmetal assembly sketch

60 116 solidworks sheetmetal assembly cut extrude61 116 solidworks sheetmetal assembly cut extrude

Save and close your work

62 116 solidworks sheetmetal assembly final part

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:

63 116 solidworks sheetmetal assembly pin

Now mirror it with respect to a vertical centerline which comes out from origin point

65 116 solidworks sheetmetal assembly mirror

66 116 solidworks sheetmetal assembly revolved boss

Now we are going to give it a volume. Select revolved boss/base in features tab.

67 116 solidworks sheetmetal assembly revolved boss

Select the middle line as axis of revolution and if you see the preview click ok

67 116 solidworks sheetmetal assembly revolved boss

68 116 solidworks sheetmetal assembly revolved boss preview

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.

69 116 solidworks sheetmetal assembly sketch

Extrude the sketch like this and click ok

70 116 solidworks sheetmetal assembly extrude

71 116 solidworks sheetmetal assembly extrude preview

Draw the below sketch on the top surface of the part

72 116 solidworks sheetmetal assembly sketch

Now cut the sketch

73 116 solidworks sheetmetal assembly cut extrude

74 116 solidworks sheetmetal assembly cut extrude

Fillet the selected edges

75 116 solidworks sheetmetal assembly fillet

76 116 solidworks sheetmetal assembly fillet

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

77 116 solidworks sheetmetal assembly sketch

Now extrude the sketch

78 116 solidworks sheetmetal assembly boss extrude

79 116 solidworks sheetmetal assembly boss extrude preview

Now we are going to make the final cut. Draw this sketch on the upper face of the part:

80 116 solidworks sheetmetal assembly sketch

81 116 solidworks sheetmetal assembly sketch

While the sketch is open click the cut-extrude feature. Set the properties and click ok.

82 116 solidworks sheetmetal assembly cut extrude

83 116 solidworks sheetmetal assembly cut extrude preview

Now fillet all the edges:

84 116 solidworks sheetmetal assembly fillet

85 116 solidworks sheetmetal assembly fillet

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

86 116 solidworks sheetmetal assembly

In the begin assembly window browse for the part-1 and when the appeared in the working area click there

87 116 solidworks sheetmetal assembly first part

The (f) in front of the part-1 means that this is the base part and the part is fixed in its location

88 116 solidworks sheetmetal assembly fixed part

Now we are going to bring the next part. Click the insert component button in the assembly tab 

89 116 solidworks sheetmetal assembly insert component

In the insert component window browse the part-4 and click in the working area. now part-4 must be in your sight.

90 116 solidworks sheetmetal assembly insert component

Save your work. move the part-4 close to the end of the part-1. Click move button in the assembly tab 

91 116 solidworks sheetmetal assembly move component

Now click on part-4 and drag the part close to the end of part-1 while you holding down the left mouse key.

92 116 solidworks sheetmetal assembly move component

Now we assemble the pin. Solidworks uses mate tool for this purpose. Click on the mate button in the assembly tab/toolbar.

93 116 solidworks sheetmetal assembly mate

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:

94 116 solidworks sheetmetal assembly mate coincident

95 116 solidworks sheetmetal assembly mate coincident 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 :

96 116 solidworks sheetmetal assembly mate coincident preview

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.

97 116 solidworks sheetmetal assembly mate coincident preview

Click ok twice. Now we have assembled the first part and we are ready to bring the next.

98 116 solidworks sheetmetal assembly

Click insert component button again. Browse for the part-2 and click in the working area to bring to the assembly.

99 116 solidworks sheetmetal assembly insert component

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. 

100 116 solidworks sheetmetal assembly mate distance

101 116 solidworks sheetmetal assembly mate distance preview

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.

102 116 solidworks sheetmetal assembly mate concentric

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

103 116 solidworks sheetmetal assembly move

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 :

104 116 solidworks sheetmetal assembly move

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.

105 116 solidworks sheetmetal assembly insert

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:

106 116 solidworks sheetmetal assembly rotate

107 116 solidworks sheetmetal assembly rotate

Make a concentric mate between the hole on part-3 and the head of the pin:

108 116 solidworks sheetmetal assembly concentric mate

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.

109 116 solidworks sheetmetal assembly distant mate

Rotate the part-3 upward to get better vision of your work

110 116 solidworks sheetmetal assembly rotate

Put an angular mate between two edges of part-3 and part-2 which are shown below:

111 116 solidworks sheetmetal assembly angular mate

Create an angular mate between the below edges too:

112 116 solidworks sheetmetal assembly angular mate

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.

113 116 solidworks sheetmetal assembly insert component

Now put it in its place. Select below faces and make a coincident mate and click ok

114 116 solidworks sheetmetal assembly coincident mate

115 116 solidworks sheetmetal assembly coincident mate116 116 solidworks sheetmetal assembly coincident mate

Select below faces and make a coincident mate

117 116 solidworks sheetmetal assembly coincident mate

118 116 solidworks sheetmetal assembly coincident mate119 116 solidworks sheetmetal assembly coincident mate

Select below faces and make a distance mate

120 116 solidworks sheetmetal assembly distant mate

121 116 solidworks sheetmetal assembly distant mate122 116 solidworks sheetmetal assembly distant 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.

123 116 solidworks sheetmetal assembly insert component

Rotate the part around one its edges to get the below result

124 116 solidworks sheetmetal assembly rotate component

Now we will put the part in its place. Select below faces and make a distance mate between them:

125 116 solidworks sheetmetal assembly distant mate

Click ok. Now select below faces and make another distance:

126 116 solidworks sheetmetal assembly distant mate

Now move the part to its place by following coincident mate. click mate and select below faces and apply coincident mate.

127 116 solidworks sheetmetal assembly coincident mate

128 116 solidworks sheetmetal assembly coincident mate

Click ok. Congratulations. You just finished an assembly of sheet metal parts. 

129 116 solidworks sheetmetal assembly

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.

130 116 solidworks sheetmetal model appearnce

Do it for the part-5 too:

131 116 solidworks sheetmetal model appearnce

Now change all the other parts colors to the below shown color:

132 116 solidworks sheetmetal model appearnce

Save your work:

133 116 solidworks sheetmetal model appearnce

Change the display style to shaded:

134 116 solidworks sheetmetal model appearnce

135 116 solidworks sheetmetal model appearnce

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.

136 116 solidworks sheetmetal final

 

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