I am trying to put this frame into a sheet metal box. Im new to solidworks so bit lost
Is this about what you were looking for?
You could always manually create the sheet metal box. The easiest way I know to do that is to create a solid body that is the same size as the frame, and then shell it to the desired sheet metal thickness using the "shell outward" command. At that point you can use rip and sheet metal bends to convert it properly into sheet metal.
If it'd help I can do it quickly and then upload the result.
yeah if you can do and upload that would be really helpful thanks. I have another similar part so i'll try to work with that in the meantime
Also, is there any particular reason the whole thing is at an angle?
I didn't realise its at an angle? Its actually supposed to be horizontal. How do i fix that?
Add in an "Along X" relationship to one of the lines that's meant to be along the X axis, i'll fix it in the copy you uploaded. Also, what specifications did you want for the sheet metal? Wall thickness and bend radius etc. Also, which side of the frame is meant to be on the open side of the box?
Edit: Also, how much gap did you want between the box and the frame? Thinking about it, it may be easier if I do a pseudo random box to show you the technique and you can fix it up to spec later.
its supposed to be a closed box. I dont have any particular specifications as its like a rough design. you can put thickness to 3 mm and same for the radius i suppose
yeah something like this without any open ends. dont want any gap between the box and frame. would it be easier for you to do the whole thing or to take me step by step?
Step by step is probably better so that you can replicate it in future if need be, plus i'm not on my proper solidworks rig so the poor desktops chugging a bit.
Step 1: Make sure the frame is aligned along the normal xyz axis
Step 2: Create a sketch on one of the edges and use convert entities to get the outside size of the frame
Step 3: Create a solid extrude that takes up the volume of the frame (use the surface on the other end as the end condition)
Step 4: Convert that solid to sheet metal
Easier way to do it than my initial way. Everything should go swimmingly from there, lemme know if something breaks or you need more guidance.
I have the solid box now how do i make it hollow with sheet metal walls?
Use the "Convert to sheet metal" tool. You should be able to click on one face that you want to be the base of the sheet and then edges that you want bends to be on. Just make sure that when you're using the tool you've set it to create the new sheet metal outside of the box.
I think i got it, didnt even notice there was a button for convert
Yeah I got it. Thanks a lot for the help
No worries, just remember to mark things as correct so I can get those sick forums points.
That's the advantage of spending an unreasonable amount of time playing around with the software
what are rip edges and rip sketches? Do I need to play with those options in the property manager?
You shouldn't need to play with those if you're using convert to sheet metal.
The rips are where the solid model is split to create the edges you'd normally see in a sheet metal part.
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If you used my first method of shelling the box outside and then ripping and inserting bends you'd need to play around with the properties but you shouldn't need to in this case.
I've created the box so now how do i put the frame inside it? Do i need to make an assembly?
That's up to you, the frame and the box should be in the same file as long as you unticked "merge entities" when you did the extrude. Otherwise you can save the box as a separate file and then delete out the frame so that you have both components to then put into an assembly.
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