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If you design tube and pipe in solid modeling CAD systems, and/or have a need for sending your designed parts to a tube & pipe cutting machine for manufacturing them, then look no further.
Import from CAD systems
Generate copes cut to normal
Export your CAD geometry to CAM for manufacturing
Solid modeling CAD software; such as SOLIDWORKS, AutoCAD, Inventor, ProEngineer, Rhino, Solid Edge, etc. are great tools for designing and visualizing your solid tube models in 3D. However, they do not possess the ability to unfold a part's 3D geometry into a flat layout for CNC tube machines.
INDUSTRIAL's unique CAD to CAM technology is the bridge between CAD modeling and manufacturing. This advanced feature will eliminate the task of manually unfolding your 3D CAD model to CAM readable DXF drawings or STEP/IGES file that could take hours to calculate: Properly defining end copes, discerning distance/rotation, eliminating a knifed edge, identifying proper bend location/angle for your tube bender, etc.
Bend-Tech INDUSTRIAL is compatible with any 3D CAD solid modeling software that can create STEP or IGES files. Once designed in CAD, INDUSTRIAL will import fully cut straight or bent tube part information including end notches, cutouts, holes, bend location, rotation, etc. Compatible CAD software includes (but not limited) to SOLIDWORKS, AutoCAD, Inventor, ProEngineer, Rhino, Solid Edge, etc.
Once your CAD design is imported into INDUSTRIAL’s interface, its powerful yet simple to use tracing functions will allow you to trace your 3D solid modeling CAD designs with precise and accurate geometric dimensions for manufacturing identical parts you’ve designed in CAD.
CAD to CAM conversion
After tracing your CAD model in Bend-Tech IND, it will automatically unfold 3D geometry into a flat 2D layout for your CAM software. The advanced conversion technology is unique to Bend-Tech IND and will not only convert your 3D CAD models into the flat layout, but will also logically create drawings that are optimized for your CAM software for machine manufacturing:
End notching/cutting profile
- Automatically generates tube end cope profiles that are cut normal (perpendicular) for proper CNC laser/plasma. This process will remove the knifed edge on a cut from the design so that parts will fit up properly.
- Each end notching/cope auto-compensates for part rotation and draws correct paths accordingly.
- Automatically finds accurate distance between end notches/copes of the part with multiple bends and rotations, no matter the complexity.
Bend location & part's rotation
- If your CAD part file has bends, Bend-Tech INDUSTRIAL will unfold the part with your stretch factor, and then mark the precise bend location and rotation point with bend angles including the bend sequence. (Machine must have a marking station.)
Manufacture with confidence
After the CAD to CAM conversion process is completed, INDUSTRIAL will produce your flattened drawing of the tube in DXF format or 3D solid model tube in STEP/IGES file with tracked geometries. You can use the these converted files on any compatible CAM software for running CNC machines. IND will also provide bending instructions necessary to manufacture your designed parts with precision while checking for manufacturability of your parts. This includes bend locations, bend angles (with or without spring back), rotation, material cut length, etc.
Which CNC tube cutter is compatible with INDUSTRIAL?
After IND creates an unfolded DXF drawing for your machine, you can import it into your CAM software to run it through your CNC machine. If your machine has a marking station, you can take advantage of IND's bend location/rotation, bend angle/sequence, etc.
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Bend-Tech software requires an active internet connection in order to activate the license on your computer.
Don't have internet connection? Click here to see the Dongle Key option.
System Requirements for Bend-Tech.
Available Modules for IND (Each sold separately)
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Key INDUSTRIAL Features
*Bend-Tech INDUSTRIAL includes all features/functions found in Bend-Tech SE, PRO, EZ3D, EZ, and many more of its exclusive features.
Advanced CAD import
Bring in your solid model CAD designs with full geometry including end notches, cuts, holes, cutouts, bend locations, part rotations, etc.
CAD geometry to CAM conversion
Unfold your 3D solid tube model into a flat 2D, CAM ready drawing. This simple yet powerful feature will ensure that what you designed in CAD is what you will produce with your CNC tube machine.
End notching DXF output
Generate end notch cut profiles in DXF format. Notch profiles will automatically normalize (perpendicular to the cut) so they can be used within your CNC tube cutting machine.
Create tube parts using an XYZ interface which consists of end points, bend locations, and center line radii. Bend-Tech software will show LRA (Length, Rotation, and Bend Angle) data as well as cut length, spring back data, and weights.
CAD Interface (STEP & IGES)
Import files from CAD systems. Bend-Tech works with IGES (.iges, .igs), STEP (.step, .stp), DXF (.dxf), and BREP (.brep). Send to one of the designers including XYZ or Assembly.
Advanced Calculation Output (LRA or YBC)
Location (Length), Rotation, and Angle setting format adjustments allow for a flexible output type. Includes a graphical layout screen that is a dimensioned print of the flattened tube.
Designer: Reverse Engineering
This designer allows for entry of past bending instructions and will create a Bend-Tech XYZ or LRA part model. This designer is also useful from LRA prints that are designed with the incorrect radii sizes.
Set restrictions for the tooling library to check for manufacturing limitations. If the part design is flagged and found to be outside the limitations then a warning button is displayed in bright red. The warning will show the problem area on the part. In the case of not having enough material at the ends, the user can select the warning field and the needed amount of material is automatically added.
Convert your tubing designs from millimeters to inches or from inches to millimeters.
Assign cost to material and hourly rates of bending & cutting times. Amortize setup time over quantity of parts needed.
Large Radius Bending
Create parts with large radii. Typically manufactured with a ring roll or section roller. Often used in the railing and boating industries.
Designer: Assembly Design
For customers that do not have a CAD system we have provided an interface to build an assembly. Straight parts can be added with the created bent parts to make a complete assembly.
Create cutting wrappers (printed paper showing the cut profile that is wrapped around the tube). The wrappers include calibration rotation and location lines for proper alignment. Bend-Tech can also provide hole saw cutting location instructions.
This feature requires Bend-Tech SM module.
• Create/wrap panels between tubes in assembly.
• Create radius or notches to follow the tubing.
• Add holes and edit plates in Bend-Tech SM.
Design your part, and then adjust your parts in Inside/Outside/Center lines with click of a button.
Dimension top, side, and front view of the part or assembly. Works great as a tool for shops to properly put together the parts in an assembly.
Spring Back Calculator
The Spring Back Calculator has an area to enter the angles of spring back experienced after bending which allows the software to automatically make the necessary adjustments. The "Results" and setup sheet have an additional column which includes the spring back angles.
Designer: Sketch 3D
• Click-and-sketch part creation in 3D.
• Adjustable grid-snapping.
• Sketch then adjust dimensions.
• Easy switching between XYZ planes.
• Click-and-drag part creation.
• Add/remove bends on-the-fly.
• Intuitive drag-then-type design.
Designer: Custom Part 3D
The Custom 3D Part interface allows you to enter the definitions of your part in a sequence following the center line of the material. Directional terms are easy to understand for creation of the part. These terms are; left, right, front, back, ceiling, and floor. The bend angles and rotations are automatically calculated.
Simulation helps the fabricator visualize the bending process before running the part through the machine. This helps to confirm the manufacturability* of the part and the bend order. (*Does NOT check for collision.)
Bend Order Manipulation
Bend from either end, flip the part between any of the bends, or do a custom sequencing. Verify your sequence using the Bending Simulation.
Designer: Custom Part
Create a part by starting at one end and entering the distance between bends, rotations between bends, and the angle for each bend. The length values can be apex or tangent values.
Designer: Sketch 2D
• Click-and-sketch part creation.
• Adjustable grid-snapping.
• Sketch then adjust dimensions.
• Simple, easy-to-use 2D design.
Choose from dozens of predefined templates. The templates are easy to use and in seconds you will have your design completed and be ready to start bending.
Designer: Custom Part 2D
Create a part by starting at one end and then entering in the distance between bends and the angle at each bend. The length values can be apex or tangent values. Custom Part 2D allows bends to reverse direction (180 degree rotation).
The Material Library includes material shape, (round, square, or rectangle), size, wall thickness, color, and weight.
Define your dies within the software. Definition includes CLR, Calibrated CLR (stretch factor), and Bend Location Offset.
Bend Calculation Output
Software will provide cut length, bend locations, bend angles, and rotations for every parts you have designed. Each bend location is based from the end of the tube.