Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Sheet Metal Design using SolidWorks

Sheet Metal is a metal formed by an industrial process into thin, flat pieces. It is one of the fundamental forms used in metalworking and it can be cut and bent into a variety of shapes.

K- Factor is the ratio of location of the natural line to the material thickness. The K- Factor is used to calculate flat patterns because it is directly related to how much material is stretched during the bend.

The three procedures commonly used in developing sheet metal patterns are parallel line, radial line, and triangular development

In manufacturing industry, nesting refers to the process of laying out cutting patterns to minimize the raw material waste. SolidWorks Sheet Metal Costing helps to estimate material usage and costs of nested sheet metal parts, you can:
  • Choose the sheet size
  • Estimate the number of parts that can fit on a sheet
  • Determine the number of sheets necessary

Benefits of Using SolidWorks:
  • Convert SOLIDWORKS or imported CAD models, create original parts, or design around a group of parts
  • Use Bend Tables for bend allowance/bend deduction
  • Automatically flatten parts to generate flat patterns for manufacturing with bend compensation
  • Automatically estimate sheet metal part manufacturing cost as you design