SOLIDWORKS 2017 brings relief to your sheet metal three bend corners

Article by Chris Briand, CSWE updated November 20, 2016


One of the common flange challenges that a sheet metal designer bumps into is the need to add a corner relief in their designs. In many cases this is where two bends come together, in other cases it is where three similar bends come together in a single corner.

SOLIDWORKS 2017 has the tools to address both of these sheet metal needs with the introduction of the SOLIDWORKS 3 bend corner relief option, that has been added into the corner relief command as shown below.

SOLIDWORKS 3 Bend Corner Relief Option

3 Bend Corner Relief Option

This SOLIDWORKS 3 bend corner relief option takes some getting used to, mainly due to the fact that the three bends included in the operation must all have bend lines that meet exactly at one point.

Three bend corner

Three bend corner

SOLIDWORKS makes the selection option easy however as there is an auto-collect option that will automatically pick up the correct corners for additional processing .  Once the corner and the bends are collected, you can move on to the bottom of the property manager and select the type of relief that should be employed on your model.

Three bend corner relief flattened

Three bend corner relief flattened

Give this option a try, We’re betting it will be more challenging to model a sheet metal component with three similar bends than it is to add the new types of relief corners to your design.

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Chris Briand, CSWE

Chris has been educating and supporting Engineers, Designers and IT Personnel within the 3D CAD industry since 2002, and was adopted into the fantastic team of applications experts here at Javelin Technologies in early 2006 and migrated along with his team members to the TriMech Solutions team in 2021.  Chris enjoys the continuous learning driven by the ingenuity and challenges Designers bring forward. Innovation using 3D Printing, 3D CAD and other technologies, combined with a diverse background as a technologist, allows Chris to find solutions that accelerate Designers, and take Design Teams to new heights. Chris is currently being held at an undisclosed location, near Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.