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Is solidworks good for sheet metal?

Is solidworks good for sheet metal?

SOLIDWORKS 3D Design gives you the flexibility to produce sheet metal part designs quickly and cost effectively, the sheet metal feature speeds up the design process whilst reducing time and development cost and increasing productivity.

How do you insert sheet metal in Solidworks?

Open the sheet metal part for which you want to add a drawing. Click Make Drawing from Part/Assembly (Standard toolbar), and click OK to open the drawing sheet. Select a format or click OK to use the default format. From the View Palette, drag the Flat pattern to the drawing sheet.

What is K factor in sheet metal?

In sheet metal, the K-factor is the ratio of the neutral axis to the material thickness. When a piece of metal is being formed, the inner portion of the bend compresses while the outer portion expands (see Figure 1).

How do you use the forming tool in Solidworks?

To create forming tools:

  1. Create a part to use as a forming tool.
  2. Click Forming Tool (Sheet Metal toolbar) or Insert > Sheet Metal > Forming Tool.
  3. In the PropertyManager, on the Type tab:
  4. Select the Insertion Point tab.
  5. Use dimensions and relations tools to define the insertion point.
  6. Click .

What is 22 gauge steel?

Carbon Steel Gauge Chart*
Gauge Number Inches MM
20 .0359 .911
22 .0299 .759
24 .0239 .607

What is K-factor in sheet metal solidworks?

K-Factor is a ratio that represents the location of the neutral sheet with respect to the thickness of the sheet metal part. When you select K-Factor as the bend allowance, you can specify a K-Factor bend table. The SolidWorks application also comes with a K-Factor bend table in Microsoft Excel format.

What is deep drawing in sheet metal?

Deep drawing is a sheet metal forming process in which a sheet metal blank is radially drawn into a forming die by the mechanical action of a punch. It is thus a shape transformation process with material retention. The process is considered “deep” drawing when the depth of the drawn part exceeds its diameter.

How do you calculate sheet metal bending?


  1. Lf = flat length of the sheet.
  2. BA = bend allowance.
  3. BD = bend deduction.
  4. R = inside bend radius.
  5. K = K-factor, which is t / T.
  6. T = material thickness.
  7. t = distance from inside face to the neutral line.
  8. A = bend angle in degrees (the angle through which the material is bent)

What is solidworks sheet metal?

It’s Not Just a Metal thing! Within SOLIDWORKS there is a tool tab called ‘Sheet Metal’ that allows you to design from scratch or convert a 3D part to sheet metal and flatten your design for manufacturing.