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The SOLIDWORKS Sheet Metal course is designed for users who need to learn how to model sheet metal parts that will be manufactured using a variety of forming processes. You will learn how to build complex sheet metal models (stand-alone or multibody) by using the various flange features or by converting solid bodies directly into sheet metal parts, apply forming tools, create flat patterns, and detail everything in SOLIDWORKS drawings.

After the training you will be able to:

  • Create sheet metal parts and apply sheet metal features
  • Import sheet metal parts from other CAD systems and convert them into SOLIDWORKS sheet metal parts
  • Create sheet metal parts from within your assembly documents

Course Outline


  • About This Course
  • Windows® 7
  • Use of Color

Lesson 1: Basic Flange Features

  • What are Sheet Metal Parts?
  • Sheet Metal Methods
  • Unique Sheet Metal Items
  • Flange Method
  • Base Flange/Tab
  • Sheet Metal Parameters
  • What is Bend Allowance?
  • Using Tables
  • Editing Sheet Metal Parameters
  • Sheet Metal Bend Features
  • Flat-Pattern Feature
  • Flatten and Exit Flatten
  • Toggle Flat Display
  • Additional Flange Features
  • Edge Flange
  • Editing the Flange Profile
  • Flange Profile Relations
  • Edge Flanges on Curved Edges
  • Miter Flanges
  • Miter Flange Settings
  • Hem Feature
  • Hem Settings
  • Tab Features
  • Cuts in Sheet Metal

Lesson 2: Working with the Flat Pattern

  • Working with the Flat Pattern
  • Flat Pattern Settings
  • Features for Manufacture
  • Corner-Trim Feature
  • Corner-Trim Settings
  • Corners in the Formed State
  • Closed Corner
  • Closed Corner Settings
  • Corner Relief
  • Break Corner/Corner Trim
  • Producing the Flat Pattern
  • Sheet Metal Cut List Properties
  • Accessing Cut List Properties
  • Flat Pattern Drawing Views
  • Exporting the Flat Pattern
  • Cut List Properties as a Note
  • Sheet Metal Tables
  • Drawing Document Properties
  • Sheet Metal Tables
  • Cut List Properties as a Note
  • Exporting the Flat Pattern

Lesson 3: Additional Sheet Metal Techniques

  • Additional Sheet Metal Methods
  • Designing from the Flat
  • Sketched Bend Feature
  • Jog Feature
  • Adding Features in an Unfolded State
  • Unfold and Fold
  • Creating Cuts in the Flat Pattern
  • Swept Flange
  • Swept Flange Flat Pattern Options
  • Lofted Bends
  • Bent Lofted Bends
  • Bent Bend Region Options
  • Formed Lofted Bends
  • Formed Bend Region Options
  • Lofted Bends in the Design Library

Lesson 4: Converting to Sheet Metal

  • Sheet Metal Conversion
  • Insert Bends Method
  • Imported Geometry to Sheet Metal
  • Adding Rips
  • Insert Bends
  • Associated Features
  • Switching Between States
  • Making Changes
  • Welded Corner
  • Converting Cones and Cylinders
  • Convert to Sheet Metal
  • Convert to Sheet Metal Settings Using Rip Sketches

Lesson 5: Multibody Sheet Metal Parts

  • Multibody Sheet Metal Parts
  • Tools to Create Multibody Sheet Metal Parts
  • Multibodies with Base Flange
  • Sheet Metal Parameters for Multibodies
  • Solid Body Feature History
  • Cut List Item Properties for Multibodies
  • Flat Pattern Drawing Views for Multibodies
  • Cut List Balloon Annotations
  • Exporting to DXF/DWGs with Multibodies
  • Convert with Multibodies
  • Hiding and Showing Bodies
  • Hide and Show
  • Hide/Show Bodies
  • Isolate
  • The Display Pane
  • Assigning Materials to Bodies
  • Combining Sheet Metal with Other Bodies
  • Interfering Bodies
  • Using Edge Flanges to Merge Bodies
  • Patterning for Multibodies
  • Using Split with Sheet Metal Parts

Lesson 6: Forming Tools and Gussets

  • Sheet Metal Forming Tools
  • How They Work
  • Types of Forming Tools
  • Standard Forming Tools
  • The Forming Tools Folder
  • Form Tool Feature Settings
  • Form Tool Features in the Flat
  • Part Document Properties
  • Custom Form Tools
  • Split Line
  • Forming Tool
  • Form Tools in Drawings
  • Punch Tables and Punch ID Sheet Metal Gusset

Lesson 7: Additional Sheet Metal Functions

  • Additional Sheet Metal Functions
  • Cross-Breaks
  • Cross Break Settings
  • Vent Features
  • Mirror Part
  • Process Plans
  • Sheet Metal Costing
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