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Solidworks Tutorial: Sheet Metal

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Here is a quick Solidworks sheet metal tutorial.

The sheet metal tool allows you to quickly create sheet metal part designs using a simple design process, all helping to save time and development costs.

Let’s see how this works

Solidworks Sheet Metal

Solidworks sheet metal tutorial

Step 1

First Create a New Part.

Solidworks Sheet Metal

Step 2

Right-click on the toolbar and activate Sheet Metal.

Solidworks Sheet Metal

Step 3

Click on the top plane and then create a new sketch.

Solidworks Sheet Metal tutorial

Step 4

Now, sketch and use Smart Dimension to give a dimension to the design.

Solidworks Sheet Metal

Step 5

Click on the Sheet Metal tab,  select Base Flange/Tab and give 1 mm to the sheet metal parameters.

Solidworks Sheet Metal

Step 6

To bend the sheet metal part, sketch lines on the part as shown in the picture.

Solidworks Sheet Metal

Step 7

Bend the part by clicking Sketched Bend, or Insert >> Sheet Metal >> Sketched Bend. The part bends following the sketched lines.

Solidworks Sheet Metal

Step 8

In this step, we are going to extend the edge with Edge Flange. Click on the right edge as it is shown below and extrude it by 30 mm.

Solidworks Sheet Metal

Step 9

The Hem tool adds a hem to your sheet metal part at a selected edge. In an open sheet metal part and in the graphics area, select an edge as shown.

Solidworks Sheet Metal

Step 10

Repeat the last step again but this time try a different type of hem.

Solidworks Sheet Metal

There are specific sheet metal features you can use to create sheet metal bodies quickly. However, in some circumstances when the design requires certain types of geometry, you can use non-sheet metal feature tools, then insert bends or convert the part to sheet metal.

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