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Why aren’t my bend lines showing up?

If you uploaded a 2D vector file (DXF, DWG, EPS, or Adobe Illustrator format) to our website and found that bend location lines in your file are not being recognized by our quoting system, we can help! Troubleshoot your file with these tips.

The line type may not be set correctly for your design program

Ensure the bend lines are set up correctly for successfully exported files. These are the bend line types we recommend for popular CAD programs:

SoftwareFormatBend line
Adobe Illustrator.aiSolid, separate color from cut lines
AutoCAD.dxfDashed line
CorelDraw.epsSolid, separate color from cut lines
Fusion360.dxfSolid line (default)*
Inkscape.epsSolid, separate color from cut lines
Solidworks.dxfDashed line (default) – not Hidden**
QCAD.dxfDashed line

*Follow our Fusion 360 bend file export guide here: Exporting to DXF from Fusion 360
**If you’re using SolidWorks 2021 or older, reference this article for bend export. If you’re using SolidWorks 2022 or newer, please reference this article.

Your 2D file did not export correctly

We have many CAD tutorials and file setup FAQs to help with exporting 2D vector files successfully in the formats we accept. Give those a try if your bend lines are the right type, but aren’t being recognized!

Your bend lines are on a layer that is hidden

Make sure that your file includes only the cut geometry and bend location lines. Your cut geometry should always be a solid/continuous line type, while the bend lines may need to be dashed depending on your design software. All geometry should be visible in your file.

If you’d like to review your DXF or DWG file before uploading it to our website, check out Preflighting Bent Sheet Metal Parts in QCAD.

In SolidWorks, the Bend lines box is not checked for DXF / DWG output

If you’re exporting from SolidWorks, make sure the Bend lines box is ticked in the DXF / DWG Output window.

Tick bend lines box to ensure bend lines export with 2D file

The importance of bend lines

Bend lines should mark the center of each bend required for your part. We need bend lines to be present in 2D design files so we’ll know exactly where to perform the operations. This is why it is not possible to add or configure bends unless the bend lines are recognized by our quoting system.

Flat file with bend lines

If your file is set up correctly, you should be able to add bending operations and specify the degree and direction of each bend.

If these tips do not help reveal your bend lines, please contact our Support team and attach your design file. Our team will be happy to help!

In Summary

Why aren’t my bend lines showing up?

If your bend lines aren’t showing up in our instant quoting system, there is likely an error in your uploaded file. Here are some of the common issues you can troubleshoot:
The line type may not be set correctly for your design program;
Your 2D file did not export correctly;
Your bend lines are on a layer that is hidden;
In SolidWorks, the Bend lines box is not checked for DXF / DWG output.

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