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Sheet Metal Relief

Sheet Metal Relief

Sheet Metal Relief

Hello All,

This might be a basic question but asking for a better understanding.

Whenever I have a chance to design a sheet metal part, I always use an outside bend for flanges to avoid reliefs. I don't know the reason but I hate adding relief to my design. Is anyone out there, who doesn't like relief like me?

Could anyone please explain the really important factor of relief? and why we should consider it in designs?

Thank You!

Thanks & Regards,

RE: Sheet Metal Relief

Are you asking about bend relief values, how much the material changes size between the bent form and the flat form?
It doesn't matter if you dimension to the inside or outside, the material goes through a deformation when being bent and therefore the flat pattern must be cut to allow for this. You need to understand what the neutral axis is to understand bend relief.
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RE: Sheet Metal Relief

Thank you very much for the reference.

Thanks & Regards,

RE: Sheet Metal Relief

The sheet metal reliefs are meant for those corners where the two flanges meet, so it is weldable. The reason for making the corners different, for some, is that they like welding corners differently. So, you ask one person how they like to weld corners, they like a certain relief. Others like other kinds of relief. Some people like the corners to overlap, meet up corner to corner, etc. So, you would have to ask the customer or your lead how they like it on that particular project.

I am not the expert in welding the different reliefs, but, I know that is basically one of the reason for the reliefs, from my experience. If you're never going to weld the corners, then, you don't worry about reliefs.

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