SOLIDWORKS: Sheet Metal Design

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    CAD software like SOLIDWORKS makes sheet metal design quick and cost effective. This course gets you up to speed with the sheet metal tools in SOLIDWORKS, and takes you on a trip to the factory floor to see the final manufactured results. Instructor Gabriel Corbett shows what goes on behind the scenes and provides tips on designing parts for the real world.

    First, review the sheet metal tools in SOLIDWORKS and the properties that make sheet metal unique: bend radius, K-factor, bend deduction, gauge thickness, and more. Then learn how to create basic parts, with base features, flanges, and bends that add strength and connections. Find out how to flatten parts and add holes, cuts, and corners that are manufacturing ready, and use the Convert to Sheet Metal command to convert imported geometry into native sheet metal parts. Gabriel also shows you how to create assemblies from multiple parts, use the Pattern and Mirrors tools to effortlessly duplicate existing work, and then document your designs with detailed sheet metal drawings. Watch the bonus videos to learn about the different machinery and processes that occur during manufacturing.


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      Gabriel Corbett

      Author at Linkedin Learning teaching SolidWorks and Manufacturing. Mechanical Engineering Lead at Tiger Industrial Inc.

      Gabriel Corbett is an experienced product designer, instructor, and speaker.

      Gabriel has a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering, and has been an active product designer for the past 18 years. He previously owned a prototype-through-production machine shop that built parts for notable organizations like the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) and Panasonic. By combining solid design experience with real-world skill in building products, Gabriel has the unique ability to design products quickly and effectively. He regularly consults companies on better and more efficient manufacturing and design methods.

      Gabriel has worked with many startups and established companies, developing products for the consumer, industrial, and medical markets. He has worked on all aspects of product development, including product design, engineering, marketing, sales, and management.

      Gabriel has been a author since 2011, and has developed courses on SOLIDWORKS, Onshape, rapid prototyping, and certification. He runs the Orange County SOLIDWORKS User Group, and has taught SOLIDWORKS and CNC machining at Irvine Valley College. Additionally, he runs his own design engineering company called Tiger Industrial Inc. He has presented at SOLIDWORKS World in Dallas, San Diego, Florida, and Los Angeles.

      Gabriel's interests include new ventures, photography, adventure travel, surfing, mountain biking, and stand-up paddleboarding.

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  • Getting ahead with sheet metal design in SOLIDWORKS

    - [Gabriel] Sheet metal is a complex industry and understanding the basic process and fundamentals is essential to designing parts that are easy to manufacture. Solidworks has assembled a great set of tools for working with sheet metal. However, it's up to us as designers to use these tools to create parts that can be easily and efficiently manufactured. Solidworks is the world leader in CAD design and the sheet metal tools are some of the best available. By taking this course, not only will you learn the tools and skills required to design parts in sheet metal, but you'll also obtain key insights on how to design quickly and effectively. I'll start by showing you how to design basic sheet metal parts and cover all the common tools in the sheet metal package. From there, we'll expand our knowledge into more complex multi body sheet metal design techniques and assemblies to design manufacturing ready parts. As a bonus, we'll be touring a sheet metal fabrication company and learning all…

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