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Bend Table Overview

You can specify the bend allowance or bend deduction values for a sheet metal part in a bend table. The bend table also contains values for bend radius, bend angle, and part thickness.

There are two types of bend tables that you can use:

Use a sheet metal gauge/bend table to specify both thickness and bend values with a single table. See Sheet Metal Gauge/Bend Table.

A comparison of the two methods is shown as follows:

Text File

Excel Spreadsheet

When you share your part with a colleague, you must remember to share your bend table as well.

When you share your part with a colleague, your bend table is automatically included because it is embedded.

Text tables can be edited in a variety of applications.

Excel spreadsheets can be edited in Microsoft Excel only.



  • It is recommended that you use the Excel spreadsheet unless you have legacy bend tables from SolidWorks 2000 or earlier.

  • If you edit a bend table that has multiple bend thickness tables, the radii and angles must be the same. For example, if you insert a new bend radius value into a bend table with multiple bend thickness tables, you must insert the new value in all of the tables.

You can edit a bend table in a separate Excel window. Click Edit, Bend Table, Edit Table in New Window.

Bend tables are also available in drawings.

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