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SolidWorks 2007 Sheet Metal Enhancements
SolidWorks continues to improve year after
year. The latest release of SolidWorks 2007 is no different.
Over 200 customer driven enhancements have been made so that you can get your job done faster and create better parts. On the sheet metal
side of things, SolidWorks continues to impress me. Enhancements include
Corner Trim, edge flanges on curved planar edges, lofted bends with bend
lines, and transform sketches from flattened to bent state.
One of the biggest enhancements is the
addition of a Corner Trim tool to the Sheet Metal toolbar. The new Corner
Trim tool gives you great control over bend relief in the notch area. You can
easily adjust the bend relief in the corner of your parts by adding corner cuts
in the relief area on the flattened part. The relief cut can be centered relative to the bend lines.
If you have a laser machine, you can select the tangent to bend lines
feature to size the cut exactly to the bend area. For punch press users,
exact cut values may be entered to match your punching tool. Also, filleted corners
can be added on the inside corners of the corner trim.
User have been begging for this next
enhancement for a long time. Yes, it is true. You can add an edge flange on
curved planar edges in
SolidWorks 2007. What that means is that edge flanges are no longer restricted to
linear edges! Single curved edges, multiple tangent edges, cylindrical
edges, and lofted edges on parts can now be used easily to create an edge
flange. This is a vital enhancement for all sheet metal guys. You are now
able to place edge flanges on parts that you could not before. Although
there are a few limitations, SolidWorks is definitely moving in the right
How do you show the bend lines of a lofted transition, such as
you would use in ductwork? There are no bend lines when you flatten a lofted
bend because there aren't any, until now!
SolidWorks 2007 now enables you to show bend
lines for sheet metal lofted bends. The bend lines are calculated by default
values or you can define your own to control the number of bend lines to be
It's about time that now you are allowed to transform
any sketch and its locating dimensions from a folded state to a flattened
state and back again. If you create a sketch on the side of your part, the
sketch remains attached to that face when folded or unfolded. How does that
help? One example I can think of is etching. After your etching is sketched
on either the flat pattern or the bent part, the etching will remain in the
correct position in both the flat and the bent part.
Remember, SolidWorks 2007
includes over 250 significant enhancements to help you design better
products. To learn more about this fabulous new release, click
SolidWorks 2007 enables users for the first time
to save any file in Adobe Systems' new 3D PDF format.
Also, check out the new powerful SolidWorks Search, a
Google-like full text
search tool. Instantly and easily find any of your
previously created SolidWorks files. Search by file name, metadata, and even