10 weeks
1 session per week
4 hours per session
Total Class: 40 hours


This course is designed to provide practical knowledge and tools to improve sheet metal design using SolidWorks design tools and simulation. The target audience includes: sheet metal designers and engineering staff. After completing the course, the participants will be able to demonstrate their ability to design an effective sheet metal parts and assemblies through the use of the SolidWorks sheet metal tools.

Sheet Metal Design Overview

Since many industries require a wide range of sheet metal parts to house or enclose their designs, SOLIDWORKS makes a flexible design approach possible. With SOLIDWORKS you can:

  • Convert SOLIDWORKS or imported CAD models, create original parts, or design around a group of parts
  • Generate Base, Edge, Miter, and Swept Flanges
  • Generate bends, including Lofted Bends, Sketched Bends, and more
  • Use Bend Tables for bend allowance/bend deduction
  • Use Forming Tools to create features like ribs, louvers, lances, embosses, and extruded flanges
  • Add weld details to sheet metal parts on models or drawings
  • Automatically flatten parts to generate flat patterns for manufacturing with bend compensation
  • Automatically estimate sheet metal part manufacturing cost as you design

Recommended Prerequisites

Minimum prerequisite for this class is PDC SolidWorks Basic training.


(This outline is intended to be a guide for the course and is subject to change without notice at the discretion of the instructor)

  • Design SOLIDWORKS 3D solid sheet metal parts and assemblies
  • Convert SOLIDWORKS 3D models or imported CAD models directly to SOLIDWORKS sheet metal models and automatically input your own bend radius, thickness, and K-factor
  • Design around a group of parts in an assembly
  • Automatically estimate sheet metal manufacturing costs as you design.
  • At completion, automatically flatten your 3D sheet metal part to generate flat patterns that include bend compensation for manufacturing.

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