Nashua, NH – Rapid Sheet Metal™, Inc. hosted over 70 members of the New Hampshire Solidworks User Group (NH SWUG) on Tuesday, December 2. After tours of Rapid’s state of the art sheet metal facility dedicated to the ultrafast turnaround of prototype sheet metal parts and a bountiful buffet dinner, the crowd settled in for an evening of discussions on cyber metal bending in the world’s most widely used sheet metal design CAD software, Solidworks.
Jay Patterson, Product Definition Specialist for SolidWorks, reviewed the tools and methodologies of how to design sheet metal parts within Solidworks. Covering the basics as well as expert tips and tricks, Jay demonstrated the power of Solidworks for designing sheet metal. Steve Lynch, Engineering Manager for Rapid Sheet Metal, followed with a presentation on manufacturing considerations for sheet metal design. The audience was shown how a sheet metal shop uses their 3D Solidworks data to make real parts and the impact on manufacturing of certain CAD design features such as bend radii, hemming, offset bends and hardware insertion. Concluding the meeting was a Question and Answer session that many felt had to end too soon.
The User Group meeting was a great way for Solidworks Users to connect with others in the engineering community and refine their sheet metal design skills. “Steve Lynch provided one of the best presentations we have ever seen. Overall, everyone got a lot out of the night and I would consider it our best NH-SWUG meeting yet! Kudos to Rapid Sheet Metal.” commented Cindy Berend, NH-SWUG President.