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Forming Tools

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:
<install_dir>\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\SolidWorks\SolidWorks <version>\design library\forming tools.

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 your needs.

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.

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