If you design sheet metal parts, you should know that Creo 3.0 now has a number of new options for working with complicated bends. We summarized these new capabilities in a previous post, but here’s a closer look at what happens when you create bend lines. In short, the system automatically creates reliefs for you.
A bend relief is a notch cut into the material when a bend is made close to an edge. Without it, the bend may create distortion or tearing.
Here’s all you need to know to take advantage this new option.
To create a bend, follow these steps:
To change the type of relief, follow this step:
Find out more about the Creo bend tool in Briana Dixion’s recent Did You Know post at the PTC User Community. You can also learn more in the Using Bend Reliefs video tutorial on PTC University Learning Exchange.
Note that you may need to create a PTC University Learning Exchange account if you don’t already have one to view the video. The good news is that it’s free and after creating your new login, you’ll find hundreds more in-depth demonstrations and tutorials for PTC products.
Finally, if you are one of those that upgraded to Creo 3.0 from a couple releases back (it happens), you can catch up quickly in this introduction to the extensive sheet metal capabilities added in Creo 2.0: