Forming tools act as dies that bend, stretch, or otherwise form sheet
metal to create form features such as louvers, lances, flanges, and ribs.
The SolidWorks software includes some sample forming tools to get you
started. They are stored in:
and Settings\All Users\Application Data\SolidWorks\SolidWorks <version>\design
You can insert forming tools only from the Design
Library and you can apply them only to sheet metal parts. A sheet
metal part has the Sheet-Metal1
feature in the FeatureManager design tree. You can create
your own forming tools using many of the same steps you use to create
any SolidWorks part.
Examine the sample forming tools before creating your own. Editing a
sample forming tool, can potentially create a forming tool that meets
If you add forming tools to a folder other
than forming tools, you must right-click
the folder and select Forming Tools Folder
to designate its contents as forming tools.