SOLIDWORKS Essentials - Sheet Metal 101

This course introduces you to sheet metal within SOLIDWORKS, including how to build sheet metal components, working with the flat pattern, and documenting your designs with the SOLIDWORKS drawing environment.
Course info
Level
Beginner
Updated
Oct 15, 2018
Duration
1h 43m
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Description
Course info
Level
Beginner
Updated
Oct 15, 2018
Duration
1h 43m
Description

The forming of sheets of metal into components is a key manufacturing process for many industries. SOLIDWORKS includes tools for the creation, development, management, and documentation of Sheet Metal components. In this course, SOLIDWORKS Essentials - Sheet Metal 101, you will learn how to use these tools. First, you will build sheet metal components from scratch and see how to convert existing models into fully functioning sheet metal components. Next, you'll use the Sheet Metal Parameters to manage the model sizing and bending criteria of the model. Further development of your models includes adding secondary features with like edge, curved, and miter flanges. Finally, you'll use the Sheet Metal Drawing environment to fully detail your sheet metal models for manufacturing. After finishing this course, you'll be ready to use a significant number of SOLIDWORKS tools and features for the design and documentation of sheet metal components.

About the author
About the author

Mike spent the first part of his career working for an Autodesk reseller. During his travels, he delivered countless hours of training, support, demos, and implementations. Now he is the Technical Services Manager for a mining equipment manufacturer. Mike is responsible for overseeing the company's technical operations and the strategic technical growth. His primary duties include the ongoing support of critical computer systems & programs and the interactions between departments. In his spare time he blogs for Design & Motion (www.designandmotion.net)

Section Introduction Transcripts
Section Introduction Transcripts

Course Overview
Hello. My name is Mike Thomas, and let me tell you about my SOLIDWORKS Essentials course, an introduction to SOLIDWORKS Sheet Metal. Sheet metal represents parts manufactured for metal, formed using many different methods, including rolling and bending. Sheet metal is an important process in both manufacturing and design. Think about the components in everything from computers to cars to spaceships, and what these things would be like without the components created by forming metal. SOLIDWORKS is a powerful 3D application for the building and documentation of your designs. However, although this is an introduction to sheet metal, it is important to have a few basics before starting. We will assume that you understand the basics of the SOLIDWORKS user interface and of part modeling. So if you are new to SOLIDWORKS, you may want to check out a few of the other great courses on Pluralsight. So what are you going to learn? We will start with an introduction exploring what sheet metal is and look at the tools within SOLIDWORKS, how to convert existing models into fully functional sheet metal models. Why redo when you can reuse? We'll look at adding sheet metal flanges and other sheet metal features. We'll explore proper documentation and detailing with SOLIDWORKS drawings, and working with the flat pattern to get the proper details for manufacturing.