Solidworks Bend table how to create a practical bend table

Solidworks doesn’t have a ready-made bend tables for use. You will need to make one yourself for each different metal/type of bendtable.

To create a bend table:

1. In a part, click Insert > Sheet Metal > Bend Table > New.
(If you get a message that says inserting a bend table may cause the developed length of the flat pattern to change, click Yes.)

2. In the dialog box:

Select an item in Units to set the unit of measurement.

Select an item in Type to set the bend allowance, bend deduction, or k-factor.

Type a path for File name, or click Browse to locate a path where you want to save the bend table.

Click OK.

An embedded Excel window, containing the bend table spreadsheet, appears in the SolidWorks window. The bend table spreadsheet contains default radius, thickness, and angle values. Change the radius values to decimals instead of fractions which is filled in as default.

(Alternatively you can locate to the bend tables folder at C:Program FilesSolidWorkslangenglishSheetmetal Bend Tables and Copy and paste the ‘Base bend table.xls’ file in the same folder and renaming it to the material you are working on, without having to open up solidworks).

3. Type the bend allowance, bend deduction, or k-factor values in the spreadsheet, depending on your choice for Type in step 2. You can use a Bend Calculator to help you fill in the table. Here is one at: http://bendworks.software.informer.com/1.1/ or http://www.sheetmetalguy.com/bend-calculator.htm

4. There are only two charts in the file but you will need one chart for each thickness. Cut and paste the same table template below to make more in the same excel file.

5. Click outside the table, but within the SolidWorks graphics area, to close the spreadsheet.