SOLIDWORKS Part Reviewer: Cardboard Box Tutorial

Cardboard Box: This model shows some basic sheet metal features along with some standard solid features. Sheet metal features are used so that the part can be flattened out to create a flat pattern. This model goes over some of the nuances of working with cardboard versus sheet metal.

The features used in the box part include: extrude, base flange/tabs, edge flange, combine, mirror, split, move/copy body and delete face.  There are multiple examples of sketched bends and unfolds.  Also included is an example of a “sketch picture” to help you plan your work and work your plan. Download this file to learn about reverse engineering geometry using a sketch picture and how to create a flat pattern.

Download: Cardboard Box
Complexity: Moderate
Features: Sketched Bends, Sketch Picture, Flat Pattern, Combine, Base Flange/Tabs

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DraftSight Download: In conjunction with DraftSight, Dassault Systèmes’ 2D CAD product, the 2D drawing(.dwg) file of the Cardboard Box tutorial is now available for download here.

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