Convert to Sheet Metal in 3 easy steps (or as little as1)

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SolidWorks makes it easy to create sheet metal parts out of solid or imported parts. We create a familiar solid part, non-sheet metal bodies, and convert them to sheet metal with associated sheet metal properties.  We can also use imported IGES files. The Covert to Sheet Metal command combines the Shell, Rip, and Insert (recognize) Bends commands. I will show you both examples. The first example will be converting an imported part and the second example will be converting a […]

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The Design Looks Great, But How Much Does It Cost? Let SOLIDWORKS Costing Tell You.

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The world is full of ‘what ifs’. What if I knew I could drive as fast as I wanted to work every day because I knew the police would never stop me for speeding? What if I knew moving my investments from one broker to another would guarantee me an additional 10% in earnings this year? What if I could simulate the cost of manufacturing my product before it ever left my computer? SOLIDWORKS can’t help you with getting to […]

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Sheet-Metal Multibody Parts: A new look in SOLIDWORKS 2013

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For SOLIDWORKS 2013, the display of multibody parts in the FeatureManager Tree has been enhanced. The FeatureManager design tree structure now contains separate parent folders for Sheet-Metal bodies and their associated Flat-Patterns. These are the icons displayed. The FeatureManager Tree creates a new parent folder which contains each sheet metal body within the sheet metal part. The FeatureManager tree looks like this:           SOLIDWORKS 2013                         […]

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New Bend Note Controls for SOLIDWORKS 2013

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One enhancement SolidWorks offers in 2013 is more control over text and display of bend notes in drawings. This option is only available in the flat pattern view of a sheet metal part. In the Drawing VIew Property Manager, you are now able to: Show or Hide Bend Notes Set the bend direction, bend radius, bend order, and bend allowance Remove the "R" for the bend radius Edit text Display complementary and supplementary bend angles There are 6 Bend Notes […]

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CSWE Prep: Sheet Metal

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If you haven’t heard yet, the Certified SOLIDWORKS Professional (CSWP) event has been officially retired this year at SOLIDWORKS World 2012. Over 800 CSWP’s attended this year’s event on the USS Midway in San Diego, CA.  Not sure if there’s an exact limit to the quantity of attendees for an event to still be considered “exclusive”, but I’m guessing 800 would exceed that number.  Starting at SWW 2013, the exclusive celebration of extraordinary SOLIDWORKS certification achievements will now be limited to Certified SOLIDWORKS Experts (CSWE). […]

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When creating a SOLIDWORKS sheet metal flat pattern drawing view, why is the view not flattened?

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Even though SOLIDWORKS has greatly enhanced the sheet metal tools, we still get the question asked: When creating a flat pattern drawing view, why is the view is not flattened? To understand this better, let's go through the steps of what is suppose to happen when you create a new SOLIDWORKS sheet metal flattened view. 1. Create a drawing from a SOLIDWORKS sheet metal part document.2. Insert the flat pattern view. 3. Right Click on the new drawing view and […]

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Rolled Edge Flanges

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A common feature in the sheet metal industry are rolled edge flanges on a cylindrical parts.  With all the great sheet metal tools that SOLIDWORKS has to offer, that is one area the software has strugggled in the past.  SOLIDWORKS has never had the capabilitys to create a part as such and still be able to create a flat pattern from it.  With the introduction of SOLIDWORKS 2012, that has all changed.  SOLIDWORKS now has a new feature available in […]

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How to Start a Sheet Metal Part?

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Occasionally we get calls from people on how to do something, like start a sheet metal part, but they've not had the training class for that yet. In this post I'll try to share the very basics of starting a sheet metal part. It certainly won't cover everything and isn't meant to be a replacement for training, but it's something for right now. – Check out the attached 10 minute video. Download Sheet_Metal-How_to_Start

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Sheet Metal “Grain Direction” / Coil Direction

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Here is another reason to read the "What's New" document (p.50-52) with each release of SolidWorks. 😉 With SOLIDWORKS 2011 there is a prominent new feature for your sheet metal blank, the "bounding box". This is the smallest rectangle that the parts blank("flat pattern") will fit. The "bounding box" is a sketch found under the Flat-Pattern feature and can be toggled on/off.   In addition to the new "bounding box" sketch, there is a new option in the property manager for the Flat-Pattern […]

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