K-Factor is a ratio that represents the location of the neutral sheet with respect to the thickness of the sheet metal part.
When you select K-Factor as the bend allowance, you can specify a K-Factor bend table. The SolidWorks application also comes with a K-Factor bend table in Microsoft Excel format. This is located in install_dir\lang\English\Sheetmetal Bend Tables\kfactor base bend table.xls.
You can specify different values for the K-Factor in different configurations.
You can also apply a material-based default K-Factor by using a Sheet Metal Gauge table.
Bend allowance with a K-Factor is calculated as follows:
BA=π(R + KT) A/180
- BA = bend allowance
- R = inside bend radius
- K = K-Factor, which is t / T
- T = material thickness
- t = distance from inside face to neutral sheet
- A = bend angle in degrees (the angle through which the material is bent)