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Sheet metal parts modelling

Question asked by Lojze Bohor on Aug 25, 2012
Latest reply on Aug 26, 2012 by Lojze Bohor

Hello to all users,

 

I would kindly like to ask for some advice regarding modelling of two simple sheet metal parts, that I just cannot create in Solidworks. I am a beginner user, but I tried searching online and playing around for a couple of days with no success.

 

1)

 

Very simple part, the problem is that one surface is flat and the other is bend. I tried modelling in Part module with Loft feature with mixed results. I would like to model the part in sheet metal anyway, because the goal is to flatten it and design a die. If I model the T shape and than using the Sketched Bend feature I sketch the line in the middle, the whole part bends, which again is not ok.

 

http://shrani.si/f/3V/EI/3q7FA8lN/img6095.jpg

 

2)

 

This is also a relatively simple part and it is no problem to model in Part module with Extrude, Shell and Fillet feature. The problem starts when I try to transform it in sheet metal (again, the goal is to flatten the part), I assume because of the 'punched in' surface on boath sides of the part. I imagine this would be pretty simple to model in Sheet metal with simply bending both sides and than punching the sides inward.

 

http://shrani.si/f/3Z/F/28G0KfXc/img6100.jpg

 

The obvious choice (for me anyway) would be to use Forming tool option and I tried. I watched the videos online on this feature and I cannot get the results I would like. Also there is no predefined forming tool like this in the design library.

 

I would very apreciate any help on how to approach to the design for both parts with the intetntion to flatten parts.

 

 

Best regards

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