Guide to Configuring Sheet Metal Bends In Our App

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Configuring bends on your bent sheet metal part within our app is easier than it might sound! Watch the video guide to learn how easy it is to go from CAD model to parts in hand. 

Video Guide to Configuring Bends In Our App

Taking a Bent Sheet Metal Part from CAD to the Real Thing

We strongly recommend using Fusion 360 to design your parts for manufacturing and bending with us. With a free hobbyist license and countless useful features available, it’s one of our most recommended software

Bending in Fusion 360 is especially easy. Create a flat pattern from a 3D model with flanges by clicking one of the faces and selecting the Flat Pattern feature. This automatically opens up your pattern and lays it flat for cutting on a laser, waterjet, or CNC router. The Flat Pattern feature also gives you bend lines.

From this flat pattern, you can create a DXF and upload it to our website for instant quoting. You can also upload a STEP/STP file if it meets our 3D file guidelines.

See which file types we recommend exporting from common design software.

Configuring Your Part In The SendCutSend App

Once you get the design files for your parts uploaded and you select your material, you’ll see the post-processing menu in our quoting process. Click on “Bending” to begin configuring bends in the app. For each bend line, bend points and options will be located on the right side of the interactive menu. You can adjust the angle to whatever your part requires as long as it falls within our bending guidelines. If you input an angle higher than what is possible, it will autocorrect down to 130°. 

The next step is to select whether you want to place the bend “up” or “down.” It doesn’t matter on some parts, but remember you’re looking at the top flat face of the part in the viewer. “Up” would mean the flange is bent towards you and “down” would mean the flange is bent away from you. If the direction matters for your part, keep that orientation in mind so you can select the right position for your bends. 

Once you’ve set your bend angles and selected the correct orientation, you’ll be able to view your part as a 3D model. Take this time to make sure that everything you’ve set during the checkout process is correct and aligns with the initial design you made in CAD.

Once you’ve checked the part in the 3D preview and finished your selection, click “Add Bending”. Then select “Add to Cart” and finish out your purchase. And you’re done configuring your bends in the SendCutSend app!

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We’ve made it as simple as possible to design and order custom bent sheet metal parts online. You won’t have to wait days for a complicated quote or slow production times! Instead, you can see the estimated ship date for your parts at checkout and easily track your order through the production process.

If you have any questions about bending or our other services and processesreach out to our support team. Ready to place your bent sheet metal part order? Upload your files and get instant pricing today!

Preflight Checklist

Before you upload your design files, be sure to go through our pre-flight checklist:

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We proudly use hardware by PEM

Flush Standoff, 4-40, .250" Zinc plus Clear Chromate

Aluminum: 5052, 6061, 7075 Steel: Mild, G30

SKUSO-440-8
Thread Size4-40 x .250″
Hole size in sheet (+0.003/-.0.000).168″
Minimum sheet thickness0.040″
Maximum sheet thickness.125″
Fastener materialSteel
Minimum distance hole C/L to edge0.230″
When determining the distance between two or more fasteners, you can calculate the distance by the formula, C/L to edge + 1/2 the diameter of the second mounting hole..345″
Recommended panel materialSteel/Aluminum
Coating typeZinc
Length.250″
Aluminum material ranges (5052, 6061, 7075)0.040″-0.125″
Steel material ranges (CRS, HRPO, HR)0.048″-0.119″

We proudly use hardware by PEM

Flush Standoff, 4-40, .250" Passivated

Stainless Steel: 304, 316

SKUSO4-440-8
Thread Size440
Hole size in sheet (+0.003/-.0.000).166″
Minimum sheet thickness0.04″
Maximum sheet thickness.125″
Fastener material400 Stainless Steel
Minimum distance hole C/L to edge0.230″
When determining the distance between two or more fasteners, you can calculate the distance by the formula, C/L to edge + 1/2 the diameter of the second mounting hole. Example shown with x2 of the same hardware..313″
Recommended panel materialStainless Steel
Coating typePassivated
Length.250″
304 Stainless Steel material ranges0.048″-0.125″
316 Stainless Steel material ranges0.060″-0.125″