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Sheet metal Costing in SOLIDWORKS

Sheet Metal Costing: How to choose the right budget for your project?

 

Introduction: Sheet Metal Costing in SOLIDWORKS

The SOLIDWORKS Costing tool helps you calculate how much it costs to manufacture sheet metal, machined, multi-body parts, and assemblies, as well as plastic molded cast, 3D printed parts, and multibody weldments by automating the cost estimation and quotation process.

Solidworks sheet metal costing

Steps involved in evaluating the Cost of a Sheet Metal Part:

The software depends on the un suppressing of flat patterns in sheet metal parts to determine the cut paths. If you apply costing to a sheet metal part for which the flat pattern cannot be unsuppressed that leads to incorrect costing.

Step 1:

In a sheet metal part, click Costing (Tools toolbar or the Evaluate tab on the Command Manager) or Tools > SOLIDWORKS Applications > Costing.

Solidworks sheet metal costing menu

If there is enough information in the sheet metal template, and if the part has a material assigned to it that matches the template, a cost estimate is calculated and the Costing Task Pane displays the Estimated Cost Per Part.

If there is not enough information in the template, or if you want to edit the Costing input values, follow the steps below.

 

Step 2:

Under Costing Template, select a template. Default templates are available or you can create templates to use custom manufacturing data. Lets see how to create a new Sheet Metal Template.

 

Costing Task pane

 

In Material section, select Class, Name, and Thickness from template if they are not populated. The Class, Name, and Thickness from template are populated if the material in the part matches the sheet metal template.

The Material cost is the cost in the template for the selected Class, Name, and Thickness from template combination. You can override Material cost without editing the template. Overrides affect only the part that is open, not the template. If you override Material cost, the field appears in yellow.

 

Step 3:

Select Stock Type from Template and choose Material Weight. Select an item to define the material usage under area to cost option. Under Quantity, set the Total number of parts and Lot size.

Optionally, under Markup/Discount, adjust the material cost or the total cost using a percentage factor.

 

Blank size in costing pane

 

The software extracts material information from the material set in the part and performs a cost estimate. The Costing Manager displays manufacturing features such as cut paths and bends in the part. The Costing Task Pane displays the Estimated Cost Per Part.

Click Begin Cost Estimation.

Begin cost evaluation

Finally, the Solidworks Sheet metal cost was calculated.

Estimated cost per part

 

 

What factors affect sheet metal costing?

There are many factors that affect sheet metal costing in SOLIDWORKS. They are

    • Size and complexity of the part
    • Type of metal
    • Thickness of the metal
    • Quantity of parts

In addition, the process used to create the part also affects the cost.

For example, parts formed using stamping will typically cost more than products produced using laser cutting. This is because stamping requires more expensive dies and tooling.

If you're looking to reduce the cost of your sheet metal parts, there are a few things you can do. You can try to simplify the design of the part.

When estimating the price of sheet metal products, there are a number of other costs that must be considered. 

These include the cost of

    • Raw materials
    • Labor
    • Shipping
    • Any Finishes/coatings applied to the product.

 

Do's and Don'ts in SolidWorks Sheet Metal Costing

1. DO use the correct material properties

If you're not sure what the right material properties are for your part, check out our tutorial on How to Create Material Properties in SOLIDWORKS here.

2. DON'T use the same material properties as the parent part

You should never use the same material properties for a child part as the parent part. This will cause the child part to inherit the material properties of the parent part. Instead, you need to set up the material properties for the child part separately.

3. DO make sure you have enough detail

If you're not careful, you might end up with a lot of unnecessary detail in your model. It's easy to add too much detail, especially if you're trying to save time by creating a quick model. However, there's no reason why you can't keep things simple while still getting the job done.

4. DON'T forget to add the thicknesses

You should always make sure that you add the thicknesses of each part as well as any holes or other features. This will help you calculate the total weight of the parts and ensure that you've got everything right.

5. DO check the accuracy of the results.

If you're not happy with the results, then you need to double check them. Make sure that you've added the correct thicknesses and that you haven't missed anything out. Also, make sure that you've entered the correct material properties into the model.

 

Benefits of Using Sheet Metal Costing in SolidWorks

1. Calculate Material Costs

SOLIDWORKS Sheet metal costing allows engineers to calculate material costs based on the size and shape of the part designed. Engineers can use these calculations to determine how much material will be needed to manufacture a particular product. They can also compare different materials to find out which one is cheaper.

2. Reduce Labor Costs

One of the biggest advantages of using this sheet metal cost estimating software is that it reduces labor costs. This is because it eliminates the need for manual labor to measure and cut parts. It also helps reduce scrap rates since it's easier to predict where cuts should be made.

3. Save Time

There are several different ways to use this SOLIDWORKS add-on feature. You can use it as a standalone program, or you can integrate it into your CAD system. If you're looking to save money, then you might consider purchasing a third-party solution. However, if you're looking to improve productivity, then you should consider integrating the software directly into your SOLIDWORKS CAD system.

4. Increase Productivity

You can easily determine material prices for each aspect of your project using sheet metal cost estimating software. 
This takes strategic material decision making and avoids the need to redesign parts later.  It also saves time by eliminating the need to manually enter data.

5. Avoid Errors

If you're looking for a more efficient way to estimate your product's sheet metal costs, then you should consider using a sheet metal cost estimating program. These programs allow you to easily calculate material costs for each component of your design. You can use these estimates to help you make better decisions regarding material selection and reduce the need to rework your designs later on. They also save you time because you won’t have to manually enter data into spreadsheets.

 

Conclusion

The article covers the topic of Sheet Metal Costing in SOLIDWORKS. It explains how to go about determining the cost of a sheet metal component in SOLIDWORKS.  If you enjoyed this article, please like, follow, and comment on our blog.

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