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Swept Flanges
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Swept Flanges

You can create compound bends in sheet metal parts using the Swept Flange tool.

The Swept Flange tool is similar to the Sweep tool; you need a profile and path to create the flange. To create a swept flange, you need an open sketch as the profile, and an open profile path or a series of existing edges in a sheet metal part.


Any cuts, holes, chamfers, or fillets on the bend region of the swept flange do not appear in the flat pattern.

  1. Open install_dir\samples\whatsnew\sheetmetal\swept_bend.sldprt.

    A part with two sketches opens.

  2. Click Swept Flange tool_swept_flange_sheet_metal.gif (Sheet Metal toolbar) or Insert > Sheet Metal > Swept Flange.
  3. In the FeatureManager design tree, select:
    1. Sketch2 for Profile PM_profile.gif.
    2. Sketch1 for Path PM_path.gif.
  4. Click PM_OK.gif.

    The swept flange is complete.

See SolidWorks Help: Swept Flange and Swept Flange PropertyManager.

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