Chapter 11

Working with Sheet Metal Parts

Sheet metal fabrication follows rules. For bending operations, certain things are not allowed. For example, you can’t fold material if you cannot cut the part in the flat pattern, and material comes in certain standard thicknesses. Therefore, you can greatly simplify the design of sheet metal components by including fabrication considerations when working with the design tools.

It’s entirely possible to construct sheet metal parts using solid modeling tools, such as Extrude and Revolve. However, working with specialized tools eliminates steps, and because these tools work with styles, changing the style that the part is based on updates the part.

In this chapter, you will create different parts using ...

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