The jog feature in Solidworks is used to add two (2) bends to a sheet metal part with a single line sketch. It is straightforward to create jog bends in Solidworks sheet metal. During fabrication, however, it is a bit more complex. To make a jog during fabrication, there is a particular die set that presses the two bends on the sheet simultaneously.
The sheet metal jog tool in Solidworks has three guidelines:
- The sketch must contain only one line. Side note: I have tried creating different jogs with multiple lines, but it does not work. I tried it, so you won’t have to.
- The line does not need to be horizontal or vertical. The line can be oriented at any angle, depending on the application.
- The bend line does not have to be the exact length of the faces you are bending. Drawing the shortest of lines would work with the jog feature.
How To Create A Jog Feature.
Step 1: Launch Solidworks and create a new part. You would see a page similar to the image below. You can save your file at this point.
Step 2: Enable the sheet metal feature tab. If you do not have the sheet metal feature tab showing already, right-click anywhere on the taskbar, and a dialogue box comes up. Go to tab and check the “Sheet metal” checkbox. You now have access to all Sheet metal features, including the jog feature.
Step 3: Start a new sketch on the top plane. Using the centre rectangle tool, draw a rectangle with 200mm width and 300mm length, as shown in the image. Ensure you start from the origin to constrain the sketch fully.
Step 4: Instead of extruding, go to the Sheet metal tab and select the Base Flange/tab feature (circled red). Set your sheet metal thickness to 3mm (circled blue).
Step 5: Start a new sketch on the top of the sheet by right-clicking on the face and selecting the new sketch icon (circled red)
Step 6: Draw a line. It could be a horizontal, vertical, or diagonal line. As shown, the line can be suspended, and the jog feature would still work.
Step 7: Click on the Jog feature (red rectangle) on the sheet metal tab. Select the top face as the fixed face. The fixed face is the sheet metal part that would not be bent. You can set other parameters like the Jog offset, job angle, and jog position. These values would depend on your application.
Step 8: For this example, I changed the jog offset to 40mm and the jog position to Material inside in the jog property manager.
Step 9: Click the green tick, and that completes the jog.