Panel Tutorial

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This tutorial is designed to walk the user through the steps in making a Panel out of straight parts in the Assembly interface. For initial information on the Panel feature, see Panel

Things To Know

  • This tutorial is designed to walk the user through creating a Panel in the Assembly design interface. As you go through this tutorial, later procedures will assume that you understand all earlier procedures. Because of this, it is very important that you carefully step through this guide, understanding everything along the way and following all steps in order.
  • A few key items need to be addressed before starting the step-by-step instructions of this tutorial. It is very important for Bend-Tech users to completely understand these items:
1) PickPoints
PICKPOINTS ARE USED FOR EVERYTHING. The Assembly part of the software is largely run in full 3D. Because a computer screen is only 2D, there is an unlimited amount of depth behind and in front of the cursor. A PickPoint is a point in 3D space that can be used for creating, editing, and placing parts in Assembly design. PickPoints can be placed in a 2D environment by having their depth manually entered in the appropriate value fields.
  • There are 2 types of PickPoints; Those automatically created by the part by default (various colors) and user-defined points (green). In addition, the initial (0,0,0) point is an automatic point that resides at the center of the Tri-Star. The Tri-Star is our directional definition locator.
2) Center Line & Apex
  • Center Line: In the Assembly design environment we are working exclusively with the center-line of a part, as compared to the inside or outside.
  • Apex: Most bend locations are created in Assembly design with the Apex. Our definition of apex is the intersection of the straight tubes as if there wasn’t a radius.
This is demonstrated in the picture below.


3) Locational Orientation
  • Designing seems to work the best if users imagine they are standing behind the vehicle at a 45 degree angle. This way left is left and right is right. Take a minute and examine the Tri-Star to get your orientation.
Notice how the truck in the picture is setup with the same orientation.


4) Defining Parts
  • It is possible to create parts in the template and custom part interfaces, however, starting out this way tends to get confusing for new users of the software. It appears that there is a higher level of success with customers who start out designing parts directly in the assembly interface.

Start Up

1) Start by double clicking the "Bend-Tech 7x" icon to start up the program.Bend tech icon.png
Material Die.png

2) Select the "Assembly" icon Assembly 1 icon.png in the Task Menu under the "Create New" section to open the Assembly interface. The window that opens should be labeled [Assembly – 1].

3) For the purposes of this tutorial, click the "Maximize" button Min Max Close Tab.png at the top right of the Assembly design window.

4) For the purposes of this tutorial. The "Die & Material" tab is located in the upper left corner of the window. Select the "1.00 Material" and "2.0 Die" as seen here.

Creating the Part

Panel pp2.png
  • In this tutorial we will be creating a five-sided part to design a panel on.

1. Select the “PickPoints” tab and the “Single” sub-tab.

  • We will use the Tri-Star as the Reference Point throughout the tutorial.

2. Type “24” in the dark red “Ceiling” value field and click the Tri-Star in the display area to create the first PickPoint.

3. Select the “ApplyApply.png button.

4. Now, type “32” in the “Ceiling” value field and “12” in the “Right” value field.

5. Select the “ApplyApply.png button.
Panel pp1.png

6. Change both the "Ceiling" and "Right" value fields to "24" and select the "Apply" Apply.png button.

7. Lastly, change the "Ceiling" value field to "0" and select "Apply" Apply.png.

  • (Note) Be sure NOT to select the "Clear Values" Panel clear values.png button though this entire process.

8. Select the "Straight Part" Straight.png button and connect all five PickPoints to create the border of the panel.

Mitering the Ends

Cutting Panel Tutorial1.png
  • (Note) If you cut the parts by auto-mitering them together, you will have greater success of creating a panel that fits perfectly within the tube border.

1. Head to the "Cutting" tab to begin placing mitered ends for each of the intersections of tube in the project.

2. Click on the "Auto-Miter" Auotmiter1.png button and select each intersection of tubes (first selecting one end, then the end of the tube intersecting it). Do this for each of the 5 intersections.

3. Then, prepare to design your panel.

Creating the Panel

Panel Create new1.png

1. Select the "Design" tab and the "Panel" sub-tab.

2. Click the "Select Tubes" Select Tubes 1.png button.

3. Select each of the five tubes in a clockwise fashion and select the "Complete" Complete panel1.png button. This should be done by clicking on the end part of each length of tubing. See Panel for more details on the importance of this step.

Panel pp3.png

4. Next, select the "Create Plate" Create Plate1.png button. The "Create Plate" window will appear.

5. Finally, select the ".25" option under the material drop down menu and select "OK" OK button1.png

Panel pp7.png
  • To view the panel, select the "Display" Display 1.png button on the main menu bar.

  • To change the way the plate wraps around its border, select any "Wrap" value field under the "Panel" sub-tab and type in a value from 1-360.

  • To change the way the sheet metal wraps around the border, choose from any of the five "Corner" styles and select "Create Plate". See more about the Corner styles in the Panel guide.

The part is now complete.

Editing the Panel

1. Select the "Main" tab and select the panel from the list. It should be labeled "Plate 1". (Note) This is also where users can delete a single panel, or flush all panels and parts from the list.

2. Select the "Edit" button Edit plate1.png below the part list in the "Selected Part" section. The "Plate" interface will open.