SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD Matrix

Gain the flexibility to quickly and cost-effectively create sheet metal part designs using SOLIDWORKS 3D design, accelerating the design process, saving time and development costs, and increasing productivity. Using SOLIDWORKS you can:

  • 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.

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