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Applying Forming Tools to Sheet Metal Parts

Forming tools from the Design Library are used only with sheet metal parts. Sheet metal parts include the Sheet-Metal feature in the FeatureManager design tree.

To apply forming tools to sheet metal parts:

  1. Open a sheet metal part, and browse to the folder in the Design Library with forming tools.

  2. In the Design Library, right-click the folder that contains the forming tools and click Forming Tools Folder. If Forming Tools Folder is already selected, omit this step. This applies to forming tools that are part files (*.sldprt), not Form Tool (*.sldftp) files.

  3. Drag the forming tool from the Design Library to the face you want to deform.

    The face where you apply the forming tool corresponds to the stopping surface of the tool itself. By default, the tool travels downward. The material is deformed when the tool strikes the face.

  1. Press Tab to change the direction of travel and strike the opposite side of the material.

Same forming tool striking opposite sides

  1. Drop the feature where you want it applied.

  1. Locate the forming tool by dimensioning, adding relations, or modifying the orientation sketch.

    The orientation sketch moves as a single entity when you add dimensions. The absorbed sketch in the feature controls only the location of the feature, not its dimensions.

  1. In the Position form feature dialog box, click Finish.

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