3D SheetMetal Creator: A 3DEXPERIENCE Design Tool

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Why? As the 3DEXPERIENCE Platform is starting to grow, more design tools are being released. One such tools for sheet metal designers is the 3D SheetMetal Creator role that is available today. The question applies here, “ Why would I want to use this tool (aka role)?” Well it provides a browser-based solution with associative parametric sheet metal design capabilities. In so simple of terms, it allows you to build components, assemblies, and enclosures out of sheet metal without having […]

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SOLIDWORKS: Sheet Metal Flat Pattern Info in a Bill of Material

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In a recent support case, we were asked if sheet metal flat pattern info, specifically the flat pattern area, can be shown in a SOLIDWORKS drawing bill of material. After a little research it turns out that the answer is surprisingly yes and it’s not that difficult to achieve. So, you are probably asking yourself, “Where do you start?” Well, you first start by creating a drawing of your sheet metal assembly. See Figure 1 below. Next, we will add […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2019 What’s New – Showing Sheet Metal Bend Notes in MBD- #SW2019

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Welcome back to our SOLIDWORKS 2019 What’s New Blog series. Today I will be introducing an enhancement that will help significantly with the documentation of your sheet metal designs using SOLIDWORKS MBD. The latest enhancement for SOLIDWORKS 2019 will allow you to insert Bend Notes or a Bend Table into the Flat Pattern configuration of a sheet metal part. Then include them in the 3D views created by MBD. Shown here is a simple sheet metal model. Traditionally, a drawing […]

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SOLIDWORKS Sheet Metal: Bending Basics

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Of all concepts in sheet metal design, bending and flattening are two of the most fundamental and important to understand. In this blog article, we will look at the basic theory behind sheet metal bends, particularly the Bend Allowance (BA), and how to apply this knowledge when utilizing SOLIDWORKS sheet metal tools. The main concept revolves around the idea of a “neutral axis”. When a piece of sheet metal is bent, the inside radius material at the bend region is […]

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SOLIDWORKS: Bend Note Formatting

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Bend Note Formatting     Bend notes, in your sheet metal part drawings, are a clear way to provide the required information for manufacturing. They can be automatically inserted into the flat pattern drawing view. These bend notes will describe the bend direction, bend angle, and bend radius for each bend, within SOLIDWORKS.     In many cases, the manufacturer will have to determine the exact bend radius based on their tooling options. If this is your scenario, you may […]

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Think Outside the Box with SOLIDWORKS Sheet Metal

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Well you can’t use that tool for that. One of the first days of college, our professor held up a screw driver.  He asked, “What is this, and what it was used for?” Of course we all said that it was a screw driver and it was used for screws, to drive them or to take them out. He kept the picture up and just stood there. We sat there for a few seconds and then someone spoke up and […]

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Editing SOLIDWORKS Sheet Metal Bend Sub-Features

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When creating sheet metal parts in SOLIDWORKS, each sheet metal feature includes sub-features. What is a sub-feature?  It is simply each individual bend in a sheet metal feature.  Here is an example: This sheet metal part has 1 Base Flange.  When you expand that feature, the sub-features are BaseBend1, BaseBend2, and BaseBend3.   Each individual bend can be edited to define custom bend parameters or allowances. To edit an individual bend by clicking on it and selecting Edit Feature. The Property […]

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SOLIDWORKS: Exploded view in a Multi Body part

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I took a call the other day from a customer working in a Multi Body Sheet Metal part within SOLIDWORKS. His part also contained an exploded configuration with an exploded view. See below. While he was in the exploded configuration, with the exploded view activated, he did a RMB click on the Cut List and could not find Save Bodies. Notice above, no Save Bodies Command. In order to activate the Save Bodies Command: 1) Activate the Default Configuration or […]

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SOLIDWORKS: Grain Direction Note

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Yes, you can get a Grain direction note added to your drawings in SOLIDWORKS. Your part needs to have a Sheet Metal feature and Flat Pattern feature. Edit the Flat Pattern feature to set the Grain dirction/coil direction first. Then on the drawing, insert a Bend Table and the Grain direction note as well as the Fixed Face note will appear. Check out the video here:   Enjoy! – Jim Krivoshein Computer Aided Technology, Inc.

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SOLIDWORKS: Bend Control of Translated Sheet Metal

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Often we translate models from other systems that are sheet metal parts but we don't always get all the controls we would like. If a part has an existing bend after translation for example, we're often stuck using that size bend. In this video, you'll see how we can import a sheet metal type part, remove the bend BEFORE Converting to Sheet Metal so that we end up with bend radius control.     Computer Aided Technology, Inc.

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