How Do You Bend in SolidWorks?

Are you new to SolidWorks and wondering how to bend parts in this powerful 3D modeling software? Look no further!

In this tutorial, we will guide you through the process of bending in SolidWorks, step by step. So, let’s get started!

Understanding the Bend Feature

The Bend feature in SolidWorks allows you to create bends in sheet metal parts. It is an essential tool for designing various products like enclosures, brackets, and even complex structures. By using the Bend feature, you can easily create accurate 3D models of bent sheet metal parts.

Creating a Bend

To create a bend in SolidWorks, follow these simple steps:

  1. Create a Sketch: Start by creating a sketch that represents the flat state of your sheet metal part. This sketch will serve as the base for creating bends.
  2. Select the Bend Feature: Once you have your sketch ready, go to the Features tab and select the Bend feature from the Sheet Metal category.
  3. Select Bending Lines: Now, it’s time to select the lines where you want to apply bends.

    Use the Line tool or select existing lines on your sketch.

  4. Specify Bend Parameters: After selecting the bending lines, specify the bend parameters such as angle and radius. You can do this by entering values directly or selecting them from an available list of standard values.
  5. Bend Direction: Choose whether you want an Inside or Outside bend direction based on your design requirements.
  6. Create Bends: Click on OK to create bends based on your selections and parameters.

Modifying Bends

If you need to modify existing bends in SolidWorks, follow these steps:

  1. Select the Bend: Select the bend feature in your feature tree or directly on your model.
  2. Modify Bend Parameters: In the PropertyManager, you can change various parameters such as bend angle, radius, and direction according to your design needs.
  3. Confirm Changes: After modifying the required parameters, click on OK to update the bends.

Bend Relief

In some cases, you may need to provide relief cuts or features near bends to prevent material distortion or tearing. SolidWorks provides various types of bend relief options such as Tear, Rip, and Slot. These options can be accessed in the Bend feature PropertyManager.

Tear Relief

The Tear relief option creates a small cut along the bend line. This helps reduce stress concentration and avoids material deformation during bending.

Rip Relief

The Rip relief option creates a narrow slot along the bend line. This type of relief is especially useful for thick sheet metal parts where a tear relief might not be sufficient.

Slot Relief

The Slot relief option creates an elongated slot perpendicular to the bend line. This type of relief is often used when additional space is required for accommodating complex bends.


Congratulations! You have successfully learned how to create and modify bends in SolidWorks.

With this powerful tool at your disposal, you can now design intricate sheet metal parts with ease. Remember to experiment with different parameters and bend relief options to achieve your desired results. Happy bending!