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SOLIDWORKS Elite Specialists

SOLIDWORKS Sheet Metal Training Agenda

Length: 2 days


The sheet metal functionality built into SOLIDWORKS is a powerful aspect of the package that allows users to create the fully folded designs and quickly generate the flattened form for manufacture.

Use specific sheet metal commands such as edge and mitre flanges, hems and jogs as well looking at how standard SOLIDWORKS models can be converted to sheet metal designs.


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Lesson 1: Basic Flange Features

The first lesson of this course teaches the user how to create a sheet metal part and how to flatten it to reveal the flat pattern. The user will be taught how to add edge and miter flanges as well as how to use the hem and tab features. Upon completion of this lesson the user will understand unique sheet metal FeatureManager tree items and specialised sheet metal cut options.

Lesson 2: Working with the Flat Pattern

In lesson 2 the user will learn how to modify flat pattern settings and the corners of a formed sheet metal part. They will be taught how to access and modify cut list item properties and how to create drawings of sheet metal parts. Finally the user will learn how to export a sheet metal flat pattern to DXF or DWG file formats.

Lesson 3: Additional Sheet Metal Techniques

Upon completion of lesson 3 the user will be able to design sheet metal parts from the flat pattern and add features in an unfolded state. The user will also be able to use the swept flange command and create sheet metal transitions using lofted bends.

Lesson 4: Converting to Sheet Metal

In lesson 4 the user will be taught how to insert bends to unroll a cylindrical part, and add bend regions whilst ripping the corners to a thin walled part created in another CAD program, so that the part can be flattened. The user will also learn how to convert a solid block into a Sheet Metal part using the block geometry.

Lesson 5: Multibody Sheet Metal Parts

Lesson 5 gives the user an understanding of different methods of creating and using multibody sheet metal parts. The user will learn how to control sheet metal parameters for separate bodies within the same part, and how to create drawings of multibody sheet metal parts and individual bodies.

Lesson 6: Forming Tools and Gussets

In lesson 6 the user will become familiar with using form tools to create features such as ribs, louvers and lances as well as how to modify and create custom forming tools. In addition to this, the user will learn how to create punch tables and sheet metal gussets, and understand the options associated with showing form tools and gussets in the flat pattern.

Lesson 7: Additional Sheet Metal Functions

The final lesson of this course teaches users how to insert cross breaks and how to create an opposite hand part that can also be flattened. The user will also learn how to use the new to 2018 Tab and Slot feature, and use configurations to show the step by step folding process. Finally, this lesson introduces the costing tool to evaluate sheet metal designs. 

Appendix A: Sheet Metal Tables

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