solidworks >> Sheet metal and forming tools

by mr.T » Fri, 15 Feb 2008 01:36:12 GMT

OK so I have sheet metal part and I want to put a dimple on it, the help says:

1.. Open a sheet metal part, and browse to the folder in the Design Library with forming tools.
2.. Drag the forming tool from the Design Library to the face you want to deform

But when I drag forming tool on my sheet metal part I get msgBox :

Are you trying to make a derived part? Yes, No,

If I click YES then SW starts Insert Part process and creates new solid body

Answer NO just opens the forming tool file

Am I missing something here?

Ps .

I'm on 2007

solidworks >> Sheet metal and forming tools

by brewertr » Fri, 15 Feb 2008 02:20:34 GMT

On Thu, 14 Feb 2008 17:36:12 GMT, "mr.T" <mr.T@Somewhere Far away from

Cross-Break tutorial should help you understand how to
use/modify/create form tool.


solidworks >> Sheet metal and forming tools

by tnewton76 » Fri, 15 Feb 2008 03:02:43 GMT

On Feb 14, 11:36 am, "mr.T" <mr.T@Somewhere Far away from the

Yes, right click the folder containing the forming tools and select
"Forming tools folder", this will allow you to use the library feature
as a forming tool. Now try to drag and drop the forming tool onto a
sheetmetal part.

solidworks >> Sheet metal and forming tools

by mr.T » Fri, 15 Feb 2008 03:15:06 GMT

Cool !!

It worked


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