Creating Rips in Cylindrical or Conical Models

You can use the Rip tool to create rips 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.

To create rips in cylindrical or conical models:

  1. In a hollow or thin-walled cylindrical or conical part, click Rip (Sheet Metal toolbar) or Insert > Sheet Metal > Rip.

  2. In the graphics area, select:
    1. An edge.

    2. A reference point on the model.

  3. In the PropertyManager, specify options and click .

    With the rip completed, you can convert the part to sheet metal using the Insert Bends tool.