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Terence Woo is a Senior Applications Engineer at our office in Richmond, British Columbia. Terence has a B.A.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of British Columbia and holds a number of SolidWorks certifications, including Certified SolidWorks Expert, Certified SolidWorks Instructor, … More »
What’s New SOLIDWORKS 2018: Tab and Slot Feature
October 19th, 2017 by Terence Woo
Tabs and slots are commonly used to align interlocking sheet metal components, and the new Tab and Slot feature in SOLIDWORKS 2018 allows for corresponding tabs and slots to be created in one operation. This is definitely easier than using a complicated design library feature or separate extrude, cut, and pattern features.
The required selections for the Tab and Slot feature are the edge to add tabs to and the face for the slots. The tabs can be offset from either end of the edge. The spacing can either be set with an equally spaced quantity or spacing length. The length of the tabs needs to be specified and the height of the tabs can be defined with different end conditions. Fillets or chamfers can be added if needed. And the clearance between the tabs and slots can be specified.
Some other notes about the Tab and Slot feature: