Sheet metal design software considers the fabrication methods needed for manufacturing. As you create flanges and add bends, the sheet metal design software will accurately represent the flat pattern required. The flat pattern can be used to document and manufacture associatively as the design changes.
Sheet metal design tools
A flange is a common sheet metal feature, which consists of a bend connected to stationary face, along a straight edge.
Mechanical design and 3D CAD software for product development
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Why use Fusion 360 for sheet metal design?
Fusion 360 is a next generation, cloud connected CAD, CAM and CAE software that can take you from concept to production.
Connected design to manufacturing
Design, test, document and fabricate in a single integrated tool.
Access your data anywhere on any device to stay connected throughout the product development process.
Ease of use
Use the single flange tool to make just about anything, including base flanges, edge flanges, miter flanges and contour flanges.
What are the manufacturing methods for sheet metal designs?
Pressurised water mixed with abrasives can cut through stainless steel, Inconel, titanium, aluminium, tool steel, ceramics, granite and armour plate, with a clean edge finish.
A gas laser, such as a CO2, is transmitted through a beam, guided by mirrors and directed at the material at an extremely high level of precision.
The plasma process uses electrically conductive gas to transfer energy from a torch to the material being cut. Developed for metals that could not be flame cut, such as stainless steel, aluminium and copper.
Fusion 360 sheet metal challenge
After market bumpers designed with Fusion 360
Fusion 360 users from around the world competed in designing the best sheet metal bumper for a truck. Designs were bent, folded and cut into the most unique sheet metal bumpers out in the market.