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# How to convert a solid to sheet metal in SolidWorks

By Chris S on 28 Feb 19:54 3 answers 7886 views 0 comments

How to convert a solid body to a sheet metal box and get a flat pattern.
Link to finished file file: Solid to Sheet metal box

This is a quick easy way to make a sheet metal enclosure.

### Attachments

Odd shape box.SLDPRT, 156 KB

• almost 3 years ago

How to convert a solid to sheet metal.
See #’s relating to each instruction.
The ScreenCapture.ismv is a video.
Remeber to click "It Worked" if you like it, if you didnt let me know how to improve it. thanks

#### Attachments

ScreenCapture_2-28-2012 11.31.14 AM_1644.ismv, 6.92 MB
1. ### Step 1

Here we have a solid body that I would like to convert into a sheet metal box then get the flat pattern to make it.

2. ### Step 2

1. If you don’t have the sheet metal tab open right click in the area where the #1 arrow points, then click Sheet Metal.
2. click Convert to Sheet Metal
3. pick the a face that will be fixed plane of the flattened sheet
4. enter the material thickness you want
5. enter a default inside radius for the bends. Later you can change each individual bend radius to what ever you want.

3. ### Step 3

Now, Chose the Bend Edges.
1. These will be the bend locations, the part must end up as one piece of metal so work your way from the fixed face out.
2 SolidWorks will pick the rip edges for you by process of elimination.
3 When all edges have been added to the two groups hit the green check.

4. ### Step 4

Here is your sheet metal box. Notice the three features added; Sheet-Metal, Convert and Flat Pattern (suppressed).

5. ### Step 5

To flatten the part either unsuppress the Flat Pattern feature or click Flatten.

6. ### Step 6

If you right click on the Sheet-Metal feature you will find K-Factor. Here you can change it to adjust it so your flat pattern matches you real world part. For more information on K-factor see
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/K-factor_(sheet_metal)#K-factor

7. ### Step 7

Here is the finished file version for your reference.
Solid to Sheet metal box
Please click "It Worked" if you like it.

• almost 3 years ago