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How to convert a solid to sheet metal in SolidWorks

By Chris S on 28 Feb 19:54 5 answers 13732 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.


Odd shape box.SLDPRT, 156 KB

5 answers

  • Chris S
    Chris S over 4 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


    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

    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.

  • david avia
    david avia over 4 years ago

    Nice Answer .... Thanksssss

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