Helical Sheet Metal Modeling

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Ever needed to model a helical shaped bent/twisted/rolled sheet metal part in SolidWorks?  Sounds like fun huh?  Actually it is pretty simple with a few little tricks and the Lofted Bends command.  Start by creating a helix based on a height and revolution.  As I am working with a single part for auger flighting, I am creating my shape for 1 revolution with the intent of add multiple instances in an assembly for final welding.  Second, I will create two […]

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Strengthening Ribs in Sheetmetal – pt 2 !

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This is a follow-up post to a question that I was asked recently about THIS blog entry: http://www.3dvision.com/wordpress/2012/04/14/strengthening-ribs-in-sheetmetal-new-in-sw2012/   The question was basically “HOW do I MAKE a rib like that ?” Easy ! Start out with this:   Then create your “Rib TOOL” as a separate BODY in the file…        Then you can use the INSERT–FEATURES–INDENT command to use that “Rib Tool” body to create the indentation in the sheet metal part. You will then of course […]

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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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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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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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Sheetmetal Chamfer in SolidWorks

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To insert a chamfer on a sheet metal part you can use Break Corner option.  It is really easy to apply this feature to several corners at a time.  Simply select the transverse edge of the sheet metal part when selecting edges.  

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Simulate Performance of Your Sheetmetal Assemblies in SolidWorks

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The June installment of the SOLIDWORKS webcast series highlights the sheetmetal applications inside SOLIDWORKS 2011.  This webinar will focus on how SOLIDWORKS Simulation tools can complement your design process by being able to digitally simulate and understand the performance of your sheetmetal assemblies under real world conditions.  >Register Here Topics include: Understanding the strength & performance of sheetmetal designs Light weighting designs without compromising on the performance Frequency and Vibration analysis of sheetmetal Enclosures Fluid Flow analysis in and around […]

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SOLIDWORKS Solutions for Sheetmetal

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Join the SOLIDWORKS technical team for a complimentary webcast. This webinar will focus on improving your time to market and reducing costly errors by utilizing the powerful sheetmetal tools available in SOLIDWORKS 2011.  >Register Here! Topics include: Creation of sheetmetal components Controlling bend deduction, radius and thickness Flat Pattern creation & drawings Multi-Body sheetmetal environment In-Context design Tuesday June 21st 12:00PM EST (11:00 CST) >Register Here!   Jim TeDescoMarketing CoordinatorComputer Aided Technology, Inc.

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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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