Automatically flatten and document sheet metal designs for manufacturing using SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD software, speeding up design, saving time and development costs, and increasing productivity.

Sheet Metal Bending and Flat Pattern Overview

SOLIDWORKS enables you to automatically flatten your sheet metal design with bend allowance and document it for manufacturing. Flattening provides a first check of manufacturability for sheet metal parts.

The flattened drawing view can contain all needed manufacturing information, including:

  • Bend allowance/bend deduction information to ensure proper blank sizing for manufacturing
  • Punch tables, hole tables, bend table, weld table as required
  • Forming tool features, placement sketches, bend lines
  • Preview of complex flatten patterns, using Toggle Flat Display