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MBend tooling enables manual, automatic, and preferred tool selection, and saving or reuse of tool segment and position setups.

MBend software is just amazing. It helps to program the bending easier and quicker, reducing the amount of time required in the process, and improving the productivity like never before.

William Perez, head of programming at TMP Manufacturing co. de México, Mexico

Includes complete tool manufacturer catalogsIncludes complete tool catalogs

MBend tooling enables manual or automatic selection of tools, using your machine’s tools.
You can save tool setups and use them for loading new parts.

MBend includes complete tool manufacturer catalogs. In addition, you can import tools and tool holders using DXF drawings or create tools parametrically.

MBend can unfold parts according to tool-specific compensation tables, ensuring precise cutting dimensions for blanks.

MBend supports tooling for all standard bend types:

  • Normal bends
  • Hemming bends
  • Large radius bumping bends

MBend lets you designate preferred tools for one-click selection according to material and machine. This allows streamlined tool selection according to your preferences.


Automatic Tooling

MBend Tooling: Running Automatic ToolingAutomatic tool selection efficiently determines the best bending die/punch/holder tool combination based on these things:

  • Tool geometry
  • Desired bend radius
  • Maximum allowable force
  • Tool inventory and favorite tools

MBend can also look for a valid bend sequence for each tool combination, testing if it is useful for braking the part.


Manual Tooling

MBend Tooling: Manual Tooling SelectionManually select punch, die, and holder combinations from your company’s inventory.

During selection, the original design details are clearly displayed and MBend prevents you from choosing invalid tool combinations.

Stacking tools in MBend is easy. MBend guides your choices so you can only select stackable components.



MBend Tooling: Hemming with "Dutch" hemming toolExample of a “Dutch” hemming tool handled by MBend 

MBend’s support for hemming includes

  • Simulation of all common hemming tools: “Dutch”, spring-loaded, and flat
  • Default hemming tools per machine for automatic selection
  • Default and editable pre-bend angles
  • Simulation of machines with hemming tables

MBend Tooling: Hemming with spring dieExample of a spring-loaded hemming tool handled by MBend

Bumping Bends

MBend Tooling: Bumping Bends SetupLarge radius bumping is made by a series of shallow angled hits, designed to create a smooth result.

Flat Adjustment by Tooling

MBend Tooling: Bend Compensation SetupThe bend compensation table for steel, 1 mm: the values are in a grid according to angle and tooling (V width)

MBend performs dynamic recalculation of flat size according to tool selection. You can select one of several optional calculation methods: bend compensation table, ISO, constant K, or Rolleri formula.

MBend can preserve the original flat pattern, regardless of the selected tools, while keeping the original folded product dimensions.










The video shows the impact of tooling on the flat pattern.

Tool Library

MBend Tooling: Parametric Tool Creation in MBend Tool Library

MBend includes complete, ready-to-use tool manufacturer catalogs. In addition, MBend supports easy creation and import of tools.

Tool Import from DXF

Easily import tools and tool holders from your DXF drawings. MBend automatically identifies all relevant dimensions (punch tip radius, height, v-width, etc.) and populates the database.

Define default settings per manufacturer to apply to all newly created tools for this manufacturer (segments/tool sectioning, heel dimensions, and tang height).

Parametric Tool Creation

Create punch and die tools by defining their parameters. MBend supplies templates that resemble your new shape, allowing you to adjust the dimensions to create a complete fit.

In addition to defining width, height, angle, and so on, define segments, heels, maximum power, tang height, and up and down joints.