Hey guys. I'm looking at some software to design brackets, bumpers, tube-components. Has anyone used Bend-tech before? I've been using Auto-cad light which is decent but the learning curve is steep for drawing 3d components.
I've been using Bend-Tech for 10 years. No one ever taught me how to bend so I really struggled on complicated bends when first getting into fabricating. I started using bend tech and that changed everything. I wouldn't recommend just jumping in and designing an entire complicated roll cage with it because the calculations I think are too perfect. If you can't cut and bend exactly how it calculated it can get ugly. I tend to just design and build a tube as needed in a cage.
I also have the plate software that you are probably more interested in for this thread. I haven't used it much other than just looking at it. Never designed anything with it. It uses the same pick point system for layout. That really lowers the learning curve. I think you'll enjoy it if you decide to buy it.
Bend tech is the only real software I have ever purchased. I needed tech support one time on an issue and they wouldn't talk to me until I had the most current software version. IE pay up! I thought that was odd and was a bit disappointed. Maybe all software companies are like that. Not sure. Just something I thought I would point out.
Thanks for the replies guys. I think I'll go for it. I kind of enjoy drawing up these things. I don't think I will be doing much tube work for a while. I think most of what I will be drawing is cross members, bumpers, brackets etc. Most of this stuff is fairly easy to draw in 2D on Autocad but now that I'm trying to draw up a bumper I'm finding out it's maybe not the right software for what I'm doing.
I used to use Bend-Tech EZ and it was great, but I don't have a Winddows box anymore and running it in simulator doesn't sound like fun. I just gave this http://www.benditonline.com/ a try and it looks pretty good for simple bends