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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How to Show Sheet Metal Bend Lines in a Drawing

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A customer had recently called in looking for a way to show his Bend Lines on the drawing of his sheet metal parts and while some people may say the answer is simple there are several ways to get the Bend Lines to show or not show in your drawing. The first thing that everyone needs to know is where the Bend Lines are stored/create/saved, or whatever you want to call it. So in a part generated with the Sheet […]

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Cylindrical Sheet Metal

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You can generate cylindrical sheet metal geometry pretty easily within SolidWorks. The key though is to design it in place. The first step is to define a sketch that is a single arc, as shown below. Make sure to split the arc somewhere. In my case I

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