Following on from part 1, Jordan will explain the functionality of the Insert Bend tool.
training I completed the sheet metal course which included how to use the
insert bends feature. This tool can be used to add in the bends required for a
sheet metal part to flatten.
1) Firstly, click the Insert Bends Button located in the Sheet Metals tab on the far right.
Note: Any cylindrical faces in the model will be
converted to rolled sheet metal bends, the radius of the arc is used as the
bend radius automatically by SOLIDWORKS.
2) The next step is to select the face
you want as your fixed face. In this example I have selected the bottom face as
my fixed face.
3) After this you need to input your
required parameters for your bends. It may not allow you to at first, if not
select Override default parameters as
it will then allow you to set your own parameters for example, the bend radius
and the thickness if the thickness has not already been set.
4) You are also given the option to add
Rips to your model through the
insert bends feature so you don’t have to start a new feature just to add rips.
5) A message will pop up saying that auto relief
cuts have been made if the tick box has not been cleared, this is because the
rips need a relief cut to allow them to be bent. You can also adjust the shape
of the relief cuts and their relief ratio in the boxes shown below.
confirmed the sharp corners will appear as SharpBend
sub-features in the tree as shown in the image below.
7) The model will now be converted to
have all sheet metal bends instead of sharp corners and cylindrical faces where
required. It will also now show the auto relief cuts and rips on the model.