Eight Ways to Improve Sheet Metal Design

Designing sheet metal parts can come with a unique challenge. Although parts are typically designed in their formed state, they begin as a flat plate or sheet. As a result, manufacturability becomes a critical aspect of every feature making up the finished part.

Also, add the need to account for material thickness, bend and corner relief, and miter deformation – it becomes easy to see where sheet metal design challenges can arise.

In this complimentary white paper, go through 8 techniques that you can leverage to improve sheet metal design.

What’s in the white paper about sheet metal design?

Get the 8 Ways to Improve Your Sheet Metal Design

Way #1

K-factor calculations does not fit all.

“Sheet metal part modeling is much easier when you assign a material and gage to your part at the beginning…”

Way #2

It’s all about the built-ins.

“If your design tool support built-in sheet metal features, take advantage of them…”

Way #3

Avoid Redundancy.

“Due to the nature of sheet metal applications … features or patterns are [commonly repeated] parts…”

Way #4

Contour Flange.

“…many users create parts by building or layering tabs and flanges…”

Way #5

Before moving to fabrication…

“[Is] what you’re creating in your CAD design manufacturable?”

Way #6

Out with the old.

“Using traditional modeling methods…? There’s a faster [and] easier way.”

Way #7

Drawings are your best friend.

“Drawings are often the final deliverable for your design…”

Way #8

Ever heard of 2D nesting?

“….provide the most efficient yield from that piece of material…”

Get 8 Ways to Improve Your Sheet Metal Design

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