How to create a Sheet Metal Part by Converting a Solid Body Using the Convert to Sheet Metal Command

To convert a solid body to a sheet metal body:

  • Create the Solid part like the model shown below.

Solid part model

  • Click Convert to Sheet Metal tool from Sheet Metal tab (or) go to Insert  Sheet Metal           Convert to Sheet Metal.
  • Sketch the linear profile which connects the end to end point of solid model to rip the sheet metal body as shown below.
  • Under Sheet Metal Parameters select the face which you want to keep as a fixed face in a Sheet Metal part.
  • Enter the required parameters like sheet thickness and default bend radius etc.
  • Under Bend Edges select the edges of the solid that will form as bends when you unfold or flatten. The lines visible in pink color are Bend Edges.
  • The software automatically selects the edges on which rips are applied. These rip edges are listed under the Rib Edges Found. The lines visible in blue color are Rip Edges.
  • Now, select the sketch you drawn one by one to create rip across the sheet metal part. The lines visible in Green color are Rip Sketches.

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Understand the Life prediction of your Design – SOLIDWORKS Simulation



In day to day life, we are seeing  limitation of time, business hours has 8-10 hrs., if you stretch for 2 more hours will lead to tired but somebody will not feel the same. Likewise all Engineering Materials has its own limitation with stress and duration of loading. Some of the material has more strength but most of the material will not stretch for a while. A small change in duration with load will causes problem.

We may face Design failure during the work scenario sequence of our product. To avoid those issues and update with confident to say about product life before you manufacture which gives you greater confidence in performing the same after conducting of cycle test will lead to save a lot which addresses the Critical Technical Issues.

The below mentioned figure shows that process of Finite Element Analysis which has done by SIM Technologies before a decades ago, as SOLIDWORKS reseller in Chennai and Coimbatore . We are serving with many Industries based on different verticals supported by us.

Process of Validation

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The sweep option creates a solid, thin, or surface feature by moving a single profile along a path and guiding with one or more guide curves.

In order to create sweep feature following set of rules should be taken into consideration:

  • Sweep option uses a sketch profile it should be closed non-intersecting contour for a solid feature and closed or open for a surface feature.
  • Only one path is used in sweep.
  • Two or more guide-curves can be used to guide the sweep profile.
  • The sketch profile must be drawn on a new plane starting at the end point of the path.


For ordinary spring creation using sweep option requires a profile, which should be drawn on the end point of the helix (path) which was quite a difficult way if you go for different profile other than circular profile.

While using helix curve SOLIDWORKS takes quite a rebuild time, in order to reduce the rebuild time we can use profile twist option in sweep command.




Path and profile should be drawn on same plane but using different sketches as shown in the following image.


Sketching Path and Profile

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Coincident Mate Smartness in SOLIDWORKS 2017 while working in Large Assemblies

Purpose of coincident mate in SOLIDWORKS 2017

  • Coincident between two components happens exactly at the selected regions,
  • Coincident mate is applicable between conical faces too


Problem faced by large assembly designers

Normally if the coincident mate is given between two components, the components won’t be positioned in the selected region after coincident mate is given. The components may be hidden some were in assemblies. This is a tedious job for large assembly designers, the designer has to find the component and position to the desired place by using move component option. This is illustrated diagrammatically as follows ;

Component to be mated,Selected regions for coincident matePosition of the component after coincident mate

Coincident between two components happens exactly at the selected regions

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