Learn how to create complex sheet metal parts

SOLIDWORKS Sheet Metal Overview

The SOLIDWORKS Sheet Metal course is designed for users who need to learn how to model sheet metal parts that will be manufactured using a variety of forming processes.

You will learn how to build complex sheet metal models (standalone or multibody) by using the various flange features, or converting solid bodies directly into sheet metal parts. The course will also teach you how to apply forming tools, create flat patterns, and how to detail parts in a drawing.

The SOLIDWORKS Sheet Metal training course will help you to:
  • Create sheet metal parts and apply sheet metal features
  • Import sheet metal parts from other CAD systems and convert them into SOLIDWORKS sheet metal parts
  • Create sheet metal parts from within your assembly documents
Course Duration

Full Day: 2 Days (7 hours/day)

OR Half Day: Full Day: 4 Days (4 hours/day)

Skill Level


Course Type

Live Hands-on Instructor Led Training Course

SOLIDWORKS Sheet Metal Course Overview

Get a first look at the SOLIDWORKS Sheet Metal course in our overview video

SOLIDWORKS Sheet Metal Course Preview

Take a look at some of the models you will be creating during the course

SOLIDWORKS Sheet Metal Course Requirements & Benefits

Understand the course requirements and the skills you will acquire after completing the DraftSight Essentials course


Completed SOLIDWORKS Essentials

At least 1 month using software

Able to take time out for training

Features Targeted

Flange, Bends, and Jog Feature

Flatten, Fold, and Unfold

Break and Corner Relief

Acquired Skills

How to apply Edge and Miter flanges

Ability to add Tabs, Hems, and Cuts

Convert solids to sheet metal

"Good pace given the amount of material in the SOLIDWORKS Sheet Metal course. The instructor was very knowledgeable and helpful."

— Doron Feldman, VSI

"Learning something new is great. I will likely use the knowledge to create brackets for jigs and handles"

— Phil Vermeeren, JEC

"I like the fact that the instructor will take the time to apply the course to real life scenarios, and the difference between the design in SOLIDWORKS and how it may need to be altered in real life."

— Landyn Volaric, Trimatster MFG Inc.

SOLIDWORKS Sheet Metal Lessons

The following lessons are included in the course

Lesson 1: Basic Flange Features

  • What are Sheet Metal Parts?
  • Sheet Metal Methods
  • Unique Sheet Metal Items
  • Flange Method
  • Base Flange/Tab
  • Sheet Metal Parameters
    • What is Bend Allowance?
    • Using Tables
  • Editing Sheet Metal Parameters
  • Sheet Metal Bend Features
  • Flat-Pattern Feature
    • Flatten and Exit Flatten
    • Toggle Flat Display
  • Additional Flange Features
  • Edge Flanges
    • Edge Flange Settings
  • Editing the Flange Profile
    • Flange Profile Relations
  • Edge Flanges on Curved Edges
  • Miter Flanges
    • Miter Flange Settings
  • Hem Feature
    • Hem Settings
  • Tab Features
  • Cuts in Sheet Metal
  • Summary of Flange Features
  • Exercise 1: Sheet Metal Bracket
  • Exercise : Flange Features
  • Exercise 2: Edit Flange Profile
  • Exercise 3: Sheet Metal Box
  • Exercise 4: Assorted Framing Hangers

Lesson 2: Working with the Flat Pattern

  • Working with the Flat Pattern
  • Flat Pattern Settings
  • Features for Manufacture
  • Corner-Trim Feature
    • Corner-Trim Settings
  • Corners in the Formed State
  • Closed Corner
    • Closed Corner Settings
  • Corner Relief
  • Break Corner/Corner Trim
  • Producing the Flat Pattern
  • Sheet Metal Cut List Properties
    • Accessing Cut List Properties
  • Flat Pattern Drawing Views
  • Flat Pattern View Properties
  • Drawing Document Properties
  • Sheet Metal Tables
  • Cut List Properties as a Note
  • Exporting the Flat Pattern
  • Exercise 5: Flat Pattern Settings
  • Exercise 6: Working with Corners

Lesson 3: Additional Sheet Metal Techniques

  • Additional Sheet Metal Methods
  • Designing from the Flat
  • Sketched Bend Feature
  • Jog Feature
  • Adding Features in an Unfolded State
  • Unfold and Fold
    • Creating Cuts in the Flat Pattern
  • Swept Flange
  • Swept Flange Flat Pattern Options
  • Lofted Bends
    • Bent Lofted Bends
    • Bent Bend Region Options
    • Formed Lofted Bends
    • Formed Bend Region Options
  • Lofted Bends in the Design Library
  • Exercise 4: Sheet Metal from Flat
  • Exercise 5: Jogs and Hems
  • Exercise 6: Fold & Unfold
  • Exercise 7: Conical Swept Flange
  • Exercise 8: Lofted Bends
  • Exercise 9: Using Symmetry
    • Manual Relief Cut
    • Sheet Metal Library Features

Lesson 4: Converting to Sheet Metal

  • Sheet Metal Conversion
  • Insert Bends Method
  • Imported Geometry to Sheet Metal
  • Adding Rips
  • Insert Bends
    • Associated Features
    • Switching Between States
  • Making Changes
  • Welded Corner
  • Converting Cones and Cylinders
  • Convert to Sheet Metal
    • Convert to Sheet Metal Settings
    • Using Rip Sketches
  • Exercise 10: Importing and Converting
  • Exercise 11: Unrolling a Cylinder
  • Exercise 12: Convert to Sheet Metal Practice
  • Exercise 13: Convert with Rips
  • Exercise 14: Sheet Metal Hopper

Lesson 5: Multibody Sheet Metal Parts

  • Multibody Sheet Metal Parts
    • Tools to Create Multibody Sheet Metal Parts
  • Multibodies with Base Flange
  • Sheet Metal Parameters for Multibodies
    • Solid Body Feature History
  • Cut List Item Properties for Multibodies
  • Flat Pattern Drawing Views for Multibodies
  • Cut List Balloon Annotations
  • Exporting to DXF/DWGs with Multibodies
  • Convert with Multibodies
  • Hiding and Showing Bodies
    • Hide and Show
    • Hide/Show Bodies
    • Isolate
  • The Display Pane
  • Using Split with Sheet Metal Parts
  • Patterning for Multibodies
  • Using Edge Flanges to Merge Bodies
  • Interfering Bodies
  • Combining Sheet Metal with Other Bodies
    • Assigning Materials to Bodies
  • Exercise 15: Toolbox
  • Exercise 16: Mirroring and Merging Bodies
  • Exercise 17: Sheet Metal Trailer

Lesson 6: Forming Tools and Gussets

  • Sheet Metal Forming Tools
    • How They Work
    • Types of Forming Tools
  • Standard Forming Tools
    • The Forming Tools Folder
    • Using a Standard Forming Tool
    • Form Tool Feature Settings
  • Form Tool Features in the Flat
  • Part Document Properties
  • Custom Forming Tools
  • Split Line
  • Forming Tool
  • Form Tools in Drawings
    • Punch Tables and Punch ID
  • Sheet Metal Gusset
  • Exercise 18: Forming Tool
  • Exercise 19: Sheet Metal Gusset

Lesson 7: Additional Sheet Metal Functions

  • Additional Sheet Metal Functions
  • Cross-Breaks
    • Cross Break Settings
  • Vent Features
  • Mirror Part
  • Tab and Slot
  • Process Plans
  • Sheet Metal Costing

Appendix A: Sheet Metal Tables

  • Tables
    • The Sample Tables
    • Templates and Other Tables
  • Customizing Tables
    • K-Factor Ratio Tables

Training Methods

Choose the training method right for you


Group/Public Training

Receive training as a group (limited amount per class) from certified instructors using vendor approved training content and methodologies.

Training is delivered either live online or in a traditional classroom environment.

  • Cost effective training method.
  • More effective than video based training, with videos learners are often not as focused on the training and skip exercises.
  • Learn more through group questions and feedback.
3DEXPERIENCE Onsite Training

Private Training

This style of flexible training is perfect for teams or individuals who are faced with a specific challenge and require personalized courses with on-the-job coaching.

Training is available live online, in-person classroom or onsite at your location.

  • Use our state-of-the-art mobile classroom at your facility.
  • Bring your team up to a consistent level of knowledge by having them take the same training at the same time.
  • Benefit from flexible scheduling options.

Upcoming Training Courses

Choose a scheduled SOLIDWORKS Sheet Metal course

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  • August 26, 2024 - August 27, 2024
  • 9:00 am - 5:00 pm ET
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  • September 23, 2024 - September 24, 2024
  • 9:00 am - 5:00 pm ET
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  • October 21, 2024 - October 24, 2024
  • 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm ET
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  • November 11, 2024 - November 12, 2024
  • 9:00 am - 5:00 pm ET
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  • December 9, 2024 - December 10, 2024
  • 9:00 am - 5:00 pm ET
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