How to flip the Bend Direction of a SOLIDWORKS Sheet Metal Part

Article by Joe Medeiros, CSWE updated March 25, 2019


The stated Bend Direction in a SOLIDWORKS Sheet Metal drawing is based on the defined fixed face of the model.

Original Bend Direction in Drawing

Editing the Flat Pattern feature, in the Flat-Pattern folder, will display the currently defined “Fixed face”.

Edit Flat-Pattern Feature  

To change the Bend Direction, select a face that is on the other side of the material.

Flip Sheet Metal Bend Direction Selecting a Different Fixed Face

Selecting a Different Fixed Face

Once complete, the stated Bend Direction in the drawing, will also change.

Updated Bend Direction in Drawing

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Joe Medeiros, CSWE

Joe Medeiros is a SOLIDWORKS and PDM Certified Expert. He has been helping SOLIDWORKS users with training, mentoring and implementations since 1998. He combines industry experience with a thorough understanding of SOLIDWORKS products to assist customers in being successful. He shares his experience and expertise through blogs; one of which has been incorporated into the SOLIDWORKS Essentials training manual.