Sheet Metal

BOGO available for seats on this course when purchased by December 31 2020. See the sign up form for more details.



Recommended Experience Level

  • SOLIDWORKS Essentials


Sheet metal is so prevelant in modern manufacturing that SOLIDWORKS has designated a subset of tools specific to modeling sheet metal parts. The focus of this class is on helping users create a model that will provide both a flat pattern and a folded form. That doesn’t limit the use to sheet metal parts but any flat part like cardboard.

Recommended For

  • Learning how to make a model that will give you a flat pattern and folded form

Perks of On Demand Training

  • Same information as our in person and online training
  • You receive an electronic and hard copy version of the training manual
  • You have 3 months to finish the course
  • Recorded exercises for all lessons
  • A trainer is available to answer questions during office hours
  • You can learn at your own pace

Course Outline


  • About This Course
  • Windows 7
  • Use of Color
  • More SOLIDWORKS Training Resources

Lesson 1: Basic Flange Features 

  • What are Sheet Metal Parts?
  • Sheet Metal Methods
  • Unique Sheet Metal Items
  • Flange Method
  • Base Flange/Tab
  • Sheet Metal Parameters
  • Editing Sheet Metal Parameters
  • Sheet Metal Bend Features
  • Flat-Pattern Feature
  • Additional Flange Features
  • Edge Flanges
  • Editing the Flange Profile
  • Edge Flanges on Curved Edges
  • Miter Flanges
  • Hem Feature
  • Tab Features
  • Cuts in Sheet Metal
  • Summary of Flange Features

Lesson 2: Working with the Flat Pattern 

  • Working with the Flat Pattern
  • Flat Pattern Settings
  • Features for Manufacture
  • Corner-Trim Feature
  • Corners in the Formed State
  • Closed Corner
  • Corner Relief
  • Break Corner/Corner Trim
  • Producing the Flat Pattern
  • Sheet Metal Cut List Properties
  • Flat Pattern Drawing Views
  • Flat Pattern View Properties
  • Drawing Document Properties
  • Sheet Metal Tables
  • Cut List Properties as a Note
  • Exporting the Flat Pattern

Lesson 3: Additional Sheet Metal Features and Techniques 

  • Additional Sheet Metal Methods
  • Designing from the Flat
  • Sketched Bend Feature
  • Jog Feature
  • Adding Features in an Unfolded State
  • Unfold and Fold
  • Swept Flange
  • Swept Flange Flat Pattern Options
  • Lofted Bends
  • Lofted Bends in the Design Library

Lesson 4: Converting to Sheet Metal 

  • Sheet Metal Conversion
  • Insert Bends Method
  • Imported Geometry to Sheet Metal
  • Adding Rips
  • Insert Bends
  • Making Changes
  • Welded Corner
  • Converting Cones and Cylinders
  • Convert to Sheet Metal

Lesson 5: Multibody Sheet Metal Parts 

  • Multibody Sheet Metal Parts
  • Multibodies with Base Flange
  • Sheet Metal Parameters for Multibodies
  • Cut List Item Properties for Multibodies
  • Flat Pattern Drawing Views for Multibodies
  • Cut List Balloon Annotations
  • Exporting to DXF/DWGs with Multibodies
  • Convert with Multibodies
  • Hiding and Showing Bodies
  • Using Split with Sheet Metal Parts
  • Patterning for Multibodies
  • Using Edge Flanges to Merge Bodies
  • Interfering Bodies
  • Combining Sheet Metal with Other Bodies

Lesson 6: Forming Tools and Gussets 

  • Sheet Metal Forming Tools
  • Standard Forming Tools
  • Form Tool Features in the Flat
  • Part Document Properties
  • Custom Forming Tools
  • Split Line
  • Forming Tool
  • Form Tools in Drawings
  • Sheet Metal Gusset

Lesson 7: Additional Sheet Metal Functions 

  • Additional Sheet Metal Functions
  • Cross-Breaks
  • Vent Features
  • Mirror Part
  • Process Plans
  • Sheet Metal Costing

Appendix A: Sheet Metal Tables 

  • Tables
  • Customizing Tables


BOGO Offer Details:

Purchase of one (1) seat in the above class entitles an additional student from your organization to one (1) seat in the same class during the same time. Offer applies to only on-demand Weldments, Sheet Metal, and Using PDM Standard classes or online Advanced Part, PDM User, Composer, Assembly Modeling, Mold Design, and Plastics classes between 12/1/20 and 12/31/20.