Hide Table of Contents

Edit Bends

You can edit the bend parameters for a single bend, for a group of bends, or for your entire sheet metal part. The bend parameters include the default bend radius, and the bend allowance or bend deduction values.

Editing Individual Bends

You can edit individual bends in sheet metal parts. An individual bend is different from a feature bend, in that the individual bend is absorbed in a sheet metal feature. For example, a Sketched Bend sheet metal feature has a SketchBend as the individual bend that is absorbed in the Sketched Bend feature.

To edit individual bends:

  1. In the FeatureManager design tree, expand a sheet metal feature.
  2. Right-click an individual bend and click Edit Feature.
  3. Select Custom Bend Allowance to set a bend allowance type and value.
  4. Click .

Editing the Default Bend Radius, Bend Allowance, Bend Deduction, or Relief Type

A Sheet-Metal1 feature in the FeatureManager design tree indicates a sheet metal part. The Sheet-Metal1 feature contains the default bend parameters.

To edit the default bend radius, bend allowance or bend deduction, or default relief type:

  1. Under Sheet Metal Gauges, select Use gauge table, and select a table PM_shm_gauge_table.gif.
  2. Under Bend Parameters:
    • On the model, select a linear edge on an end face of a cylindrical or conical face, or select a planar face for Fixed Face or Edge PM_shm_Fixed_Face.gif.
      The edge or face remains in place when the part is flattened.
      This step is not necessary if you start your sheet metal part from a Base Flange feature.
    • Set the Bend Radius PM_draft_angle.gif.
  3. Under Bend Allowance, select from the following: Bend Table, K-Factor, Bend Allowance, Bend Deduction, or Bend Calculation.
    • If you selected K-Factor, Bend Allowance, or Bend Deduction, set a value.
    • If you selected Bend Table or Bend Calculation, select a table from the list, or click Browse to browse to a table.
  4. If you want relief cuts added automatically, select Auto Relief, then select the type of relief cut. If you selected Rectangular or Obround, then you must set a Relief Ratio.
  5. Click .

Provide feedback on this topic

SOLIDWORKS welcomes your feedback concerning the presentation, accuracy, and thoroughness of the documentation. Use the form below to send your comments and suggestions about this topic directly to our documentation team. The documentation team cannot answer technical support questions. Click here for information about technical support.

* Required

Subject:   Feedback on Help Topics
Page:   Edit Bends
*   I acknowledge I have read and I hereby accept the privacy policy under which my Personal Data will be used by Dassault Systèmes

Print Topic

Select the scope of content to print:


We have detected you are using a browser version older than Internet Explorer 7. For optimized display, we suggest upgrading your browser to Internet Explorer 7 or newer.

 Never show this message again

Web Help Content Version: SOLIDWORKS 2016 SP05

To disable Web help from within SOLIDWORKS and use local help instead, click Help > Use SOLIDWORKS Web Help.

To report problems encountered with the Web help interface and search, contact your local support representative. To provide feedback on individual help topics, use the “Feedback on this topic” link on the individual topic page.