**Newbie** Looking for sheet metal help

Discussion in 'SolidWorks' started by Mike, Oct 22, 2003.

  1. Mike

    Mike Guest

    I am in the process of making a round Joiner, its is aluminum and its .018"
    thick with a 0.5" over lap for spotwelding. I am wondering what is the best
    way to design this, and how.

    I see and example where a cylinder was made and some how they unfolded it to
    a flatten state, "I have know Idea how it was done". Another example I see
    was with a spiral and again I have now idea how they did.

    Is there a book or web site out there that deals with the sheet metal aspect
    of solidworks.

    Thanks for the help, and I look forward to contributing to the forum
    Mike, Oct 22, 2003
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  2. What version are you using? In SW2003, the help does contain some pretty
    good examples. Go there and study a bit to understand some of the basics,
    and then come back and ask questions.

    Also, what's a joiner?

    Wayne Tiffany, Oct 22, 2003
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  3. Hello there Mike!

    Welcome to the frustrating and also eventually rewarding world of
    solidworks sheetmetal.

    I made up a sample model which included a "how to" which shows how to
    make an overlap which includes some holes and extrudes in the flat.
    The sample model is a round "vented" tube, but the idea can be applied
    to any shape that is "cylindrical" (a single vector extrude of a
    polygon . . .)


    I hope this helps.


    Sean-Michael Adams, Oct 23, 2003
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