Hide Table of Contents

Cross Breaks

In HVAC or duct work design, cross breaks are used to stiffen sheet metal. The Cross Break command lets you insert a graphical representation of a cross break in a sheet metal part.
The cross break is not a geometric entity and does not alter the geometry of the part. You add it to provide the information needed to create the cross break during manufacturing.
Cross break characteristics:
  • You can flatten a sheet metal part with a cross break.
  • You can add edge, miter, or swept flanges to the edge of a face that contains a cross break.
    The corners of the cross break must be at the ends of the edge.
  • The dimensions of a part with a cross break are not changed.
  • You can edit the cross break sketch to move corners and change relationships.
  • When you create a drawing of a sheet metal part with a cross break, the flattened view is labeled with the bend direction, bend radius, and bend angle.

Provide feedback on this topic

SOLIDWORKS welcomes your feedback concerning the presentation, accuracy, and thoroughness of the documentation. Use the form below to send your comments and suggestions about this topic directly to our documentation team. The documentation team cannot answer technical support questions. Click here for information about technical support.

* Required

Subject:   Feedback on Help Topics
Page:   Cross Breaks
*   I acknowledge I have read and I hereby accept the privacy policy under which my Personal Data will be used by Dassault Systèmes

Print Topic

Select the scope of content to print:


We have detected you are using a browser version older than Internet Explorer 7. For optimized display, we suggest upgrading your browser to Internet Explorer 7 or newer.

 Never show this message again

Web Help Content Version: SOLIDWORKS 2012 SP05

To disable Web help from within SOLIDWORKS and use local help instead, click Help > Use SOLIDWORKS Web Help.

To report problems encountered with the Web help interface and search, contact your local support representative. To provide feedback on individual help topics, use the “Feedback on this topic” link on the individual topic page.