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Multibody Sheet Metal Parts

SolidWorks multibody part functionality has been extended to sheet metal to allow you to create complex sheet metal designs. Multibody sheet metal parts can consist of multiple sheet metal bodies or a combination of sheet metal and other bodies such as weldment bodies.

To create a multibody sheet metal part:

  • Create new bodies in an existing sheet metal part using Base Flange, Convert to Sheet Metal, Insert Bends, and Lofted-Bend commands.
  • Split a single sheet metal part into multiple bodies.
  • Insert one or more sheet metal, weldment, or other bodies into an existing sheet metal part.
  • Duplicate a sheet metal body in a part by creating a linear or circular pattern, mirroring the body, or using the Move/Copy Body command.

Cut Lists

In the FeatureManager design tree, the main tree lists each body and its features in the order in which you add them. In addition, a cut list contains a separate representation for each body, with a flat pattern specific to the body.

Multibody sheet metal cut lists offer the same features as weldment cut lists, including the ability to automatically organize and update sheet metal bodies, and view sheet metal properties. You can use the body-related properties in bills of materials and drawings.

Merging Sheet Metal Bodies

You can merge sheet metal bodies of the same thickness by:

  • Using the Up to Edge and Merge option when inserting an edge flange between two bodies with parallel linear edges.
  • Using the Merge result option when adding a base flange that overlaps the profiles of multiple bodies with coplanar faces.

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