Reusable sketch, pattern, punch for sheet metal?

Hi all,

I've been trying to find a solution for hours, but I haven't managed to find what I was looking for.

The problem is very simple: I'd like to design a cut pattern to protect my fans blades, a pattern that could be used many times on different sheet metal parts. I have many fans and I don't want to draw the same sketch over and over, and I want it easy to change.

I was able to do it with Inventor using the «punch» tool with a «cut» operation, but I can't find the equivalent feature in SolidWorks...

I tried about 10 different combinaison of «forming tool» with solidworks but nothing worked. Is there a way to use the «Solidworks Feature Template» to do it easily?

Thank you very much for your help!

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Dissect the part using the solidworks task scheduler, and then use solidworks search to look at the part on the right and pull out the feature from the part, this works well for reusing once or twice.

For reusing many times, add the feature to the design library and reuse from there. Let me know if you need a tutorial for either of these.

 
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As rohit said - the library features are what you are after.

Another possibly simpler method would be to make a block of the cutout geometry - then save it in a file you simply load and copy\paste from.

Depending on the specifics of your task, this may work more easily for you.

 
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It's exactly what I was looking for!

I've watched this video to learn a bit about it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6xSY3KtljNo
I don't know why I've never hear about it before. At least I knew the magic «S» button!

 
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see my example - maybe is it that you wish to do. Cutted sheetmetal blade from sheetmetal rectangular plate thickness 3mm with profile punch - forming tool.
It' s tricky part. I'll put on web now, name is "cutting sheetmetal blade.rar" , all is in it made by solidworks 2007. forming tool is included.

 
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