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Bent Lofted Bends

You can create a bent lofted bend to create physical bends, rather than formed geometry and approximated bend lines in a flat pattern. Bent lofted bends form a realistic transition between two parallel profiles to facilitate instructions for press brake manufacturing.

To create a bent lofted bend:

  1. Open install_dir\samples\whatsnew\sheetmetal\lofted_bends.SLDPRT.


  2. Click Lofted Bends Tool_Lofted_Bend_Sheet_Metal.gif (Sheet Metal toolbar) or Insert > Sheet Metal > Lofted Bends.
  3. Under Manufacturing Method, select Bent.
  4. Select both profiles at the open points shown.


    The preview appears:


  5. Under Faceting Options, select Number of bends to specify the number of bends for each segment between a vertex and the related portion of the arc.


  6. Under Facet Value, type 5 for the Facet Value.


  7. Select Refer to endpoint to calculate the transition between segments at the sharp corner.
  8. Under Sheet Metal Parameters, select Override default parameters, in Thickness, type 1.0, and in Bend Radius, type 1.0.
  9. Under Bend Allowance, select K-Factor, and type 0.5.
  10. Under Auto Relief, select Rectangular, select Use relief ratio, and in Ratio, type 0.5.
  11. Click PM_OK.gif.

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