SOLIDWORKS® Module (SW)
Requires the latest version of Bend-Tech’s SE software and an active copy of SOILDWORKS software
The Bend-Tech SW Module is an application that takes a designed tube, pipe, or rod from your SOLIDWORKS program and sends the part geometry directly into Bend-Tech to calculate the correct manufacturing instructions. Which SOLIDWORKS features are recognized? Bend-Tech SW will allow you to work with Sketch Lines, Sweeps & Weldments.
SOLIDWORKS® Module details
How does it work?
After completing the tube design in SOLIDWORKS, select the Bend-Tech icon within the SOLIDWORKS framework and select the green check to send the part into Bend-Tech. Within Bend-Tech, select the tooling corresponding to the radii in the part or allow Bend-Tech to select it for you from tooling to the radius relationship table. In an instant the manufacturing details are available.
Can elongation be calculated?
Absolutely! We have a simple testing procedure that is performed with the tooling and material. From this, the values will be obtained in the Bend-Tech tooling library to calculate the correct bend lengths.
Will Bend-Tech SW calculate spring back?
Yes. Bend-Tech creates its own internal formulas from a data history file of the materials, tooling, and machines. With this information, Bend-Tech calculates the spring back angles for each job.
Will Bend-Tech SW work with my bender?
Yes. Bend-Tech provides the proper cut lengths, bend locations, bend angles, and rotations for all machines. This includes all manual, NC, or CNC machines. The machines can be a rotary draw, rotary compression, or center compression benders.
Do I need to design in SOLIDWORKS with the correct tooling radius?
No. This can be a problem for many job shops. Often part files are received from their customer’s engineers who are not familiar with the shop’s production tooling. To solve this problem, once a part has been sent to Bend-Tech you can change a single radius or the tooling of the entire part with a single mouse click. Bend-Tech will then instantly adjust the part length and bending instructions.
Will Bend-Tech SW provide XYZ or LRA data?
Yes, it will provide both! Bend-Tech provides proper centerline apex XYZ values and LRA data. (LRA: Length, Rotation, and Angle. Also known as YBC.) Bend-Tech has several different charts to choose from and accommodates the variation in structure formats for bend locations and rotations.
What versions of SOLIDWORKS does Bend-Tech SW support?
We recommend to have the latest versions of SOLIDWORKS.
Bend-Tech software requires an active internet connection in order to activate the license on your computer, and then every 6 months. SE software can run offline in between. Don’t have an internet connection? See Dongle Key option.