SOLIDWORKS Multibody Sheet Metal Flat Pattern Drawing

Article by Charn Jivaphaiboonskdi on Feb 23, 2018

Multibody part design is a powerful capability in SOLIDWORKS. It allows us to create complex part geometry as an intermediate step, or we can use it similarly to an assembly by allowing us to design different components as different bodies in a part file. This is true for all solid body geometry, as well as sheet metal designs.

Multibody Sheet Metal Flat Pattern Drawings

With sheet metal designs, when you have more than one body, SOLIDWORKS will create separate flat patterns and cut lists on the FeatureManager Design Tree.

Sheet Metal Design in SOLIDWORKSSOLIDWORKS Sheet Metal Design

But, when it comes time to create a 2D drawing, if you have a multibody sheet metal part, you will not see a flat pattern view by default when adding a model view onto the drawing.

SOLIDWORKS Multibody Sheet Metal Flat Pattern Drawing SOLIDWORKS Sheet Metal Orientation

To show the flat pattern for a specific sheet metal body, you will need to the following:

In your drawing, on the “drawing tab”, choose: SOLIDWORKS Model View Icon

Choose your file and click on the “next” arrow at the top of the property manager.


Choose “Select Bodies”.

SOLIDWORKS Reference Configuration Select Bodies

This will take you back into the part file. From there, choose a single sheet metal body you want to focus on. In this case, I chose the top of the table.

SOLIDWORKS Flat Pattern Drawing Sheet Metal

When you click on the green checkmark, it will take you back into the drawing and you will see that you now have a “flat pattern” option to choose from.

SOLIDWORKS Orientation Flat Pattern Option

All you have to do is place the view on your drawing. Repeat the same process for any other sheet metal bodies.

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About Charn Jivaphaiboonskdi

Charn Jivaphaiboonskdi has over 10 years’ experience as an Applications Engineer since earning his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering degree from the University of California - Riverside. His passion for photography, DIY projects, and improving existing designs is what brought him into the world of Engineering. Charn joined the GoEngineer family in 2014 and is based out of Los Angeles, California. He holds several SOLIDWORKS Certifications including CSWA, CSWP, CSWP-S, CSWE, and CSWE-S.

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