|FUN WITH BENDS
There are all kinds of fun and useful things that can be created with BENDS.
What is a BEND?
It's a method of "bending" or "wrapping" geometry. This tip shows a couple of fun examples using TOROIDAL and SPINAL bends. In both cases, they provide a way of changing geometry that was created in a "straight" state, to something quite different in a "bent" state.
Here is some simple 3-dimensional text in Figure 1. This was done as a
In figure 2 the text protrusion is "BENT" using a TOROIDAL BEND.
For reference, figure 3 shows the sketch and dimensions used in the bend above. The key to success with a TOROIDAL BEND is the position of the sketched coordinate system. The X-Axis defines the neutral plane of the pre-bent geometry, so be careful in setting up your sketching plane.
Figure 4 shows a SPINAL BEND. The SPINAL BEND also has its idiosyncrasies, but is a little more straight forward to apply. This bend also has some neat functionality for graph driven geometry.
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