Sunday, 7 October 2012

How to make a simple sheet metal body

This is how to make a simple sheet metal body

  1. Step 1

    Start by creating a sketch for the base. I'm making a 75x75mm square
  2. Step 2

    Then using the "base flange/tab" feature create the base for your body
  3. Step 3

    Since our base is looking good, next step is to add in the "edge flange". Note that you dont need a sketch, but can use just the edges. I'm adding 2 flanges to the sides
  4. Step 4

    Select the "edge flange" again
  5. Step 5

    Select the inner edges of the recently added flanges and from the left side add a gapdefault is 1mm)
  6. Step 6

    After accepting the changes, and adding the 2 new flanges(having a total of 4), we can now use the "flatten" option to see the pattern. Great for estimating costs :).
    Great job, go and try to create a more complex body and see how it works :)

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