A rip feature is commonly used to create sheet metal parts, but you can add a rip feature to any part.

You can create a rip feature:
  • Along selected internal or external model edges
  • From linear sketch entities
  • By combining model edges and single linear sketch entities
  • In hollow or thin-walled cylindrical and conical bodies. By selecting an edge on a cylindrical or conical face, you can flatten the part as sheet metal. (SOLIDWORKS supports straight cuts only, not slanted cuts.)