The software platform for all data and processes around manufacturing of bended parts


It takes several steps from a drawing to an actual part, each one requiring different types of data. BendingStudio links all data and processes around production of bended parts – from production and process planning to manufacturing and quality control.

It is the only tool to meet and combine these requirements with emphasis on metrological processes. In combination with TubeInspect systems, BendingStudio offers efficient and customer-oriented solutions for all applications around manufacturing of bended parts.

Optimized data handling for every production step

Even if everyone is talking about the same part, different data is often required for the different stages on the way from the drawing to the tested product: CAD data from design, bend programs and bend corrections for manufacturing, test and inspection plans or measurement reports and analysis for quality control. But these records are not always 100% compatible.

Sometimes a certain radius cannot be produced and will be changed in preparation for production through a different radius that is more readily available. Or a free formed shape has to be approximated by straights and curves. In these situations new, parallel data sets with deviations from the original data are created.

This is the approach of the AICON BendingStudio: BendingStudio combines all data belonging to a certain part and allows manufacturers to monitor, quantify, visualize and document all changes in the different process steps. All data stays combined and nothing gets lost.

The right solution for every user

The users in the various process steps can have quite different requirements. While measuring parts during production, the user wants to see only those parts that are actually bended and perform a measurement with just a click of a button and see all important results at a glance.

In process planning and analysis however, complex data must be clearly displayed and edited. BendingStudio provides a tailored environment for each user according to his individual needs.

Best practices for both measurement and manufacturing

Whether a bended part is found to be acceptable also depends on the evaluation method used. The type of inspection features used as well as the predefined alignment method can have significant impact on the deviations shown.

BendingStudio closes this gap: A part can have different measurement plans assigned. Thus, both the requirements of the drawing as well as certain mounting conditions can be displayed from the same measurement. Subsequently even enhanced analyses can be performed using stored measurement data.

Easy handling – many possibilities

BendingStudio utilizes with a simple and clearly structured handling concept. In addition, many small tools ease the daily work in all areas of bended part manufacturing. For example, it is possible to construct bend data from center line data. Or, before applying corrections, the effects of a modifi ed bending program can be simulated. And all this is done in a very simple and quick way.

Fit for the future

The data concept of BendingStudio is already prepared for future applications, thus securing your investment. Regardless of whether the connection to different measurement systems is planned, the integration of new manufacturing technolgies or the addition of new applications around bending like end forming and assembly management are future projects – BendingStudio by AICON 3D Systems offers a platform for the optimized integration of all data and processes for bended parts.

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BendingStudio connects:

  • Process planning, quality control and manufacturing
  • Metrology and bending machines
  • Part inspection and statistical process control
  • Prototyping and serial production

Your Benefits:

  • Effective data handling
  • One software for all users
  • Faster from drawing to part
  • Higher productivity
  • Interconnected data access

BendingStudio Packages


Unbenanntes Dokument
MEASUREMENT SYSTEMS Compatible to Absolute Arm with Scanner (RDS) and TubeInspect (TubeInspect Controller)
DATA BASE Part data base, material data base, im- and export of part data, support of many file formats, user management
OPTICAL GAUGE Virtual gauge inspection with sheath tolerance for centerline (also applicable for free-formed tubes) and bending points, comparison NOMINAL to ACTUAL
BEND DATA Calculation of bending data (LRA/PBR, XYZ) for parts with fixed bending radius, comparison NOMINAL to ACTUAL
BENDER INTERFACE STANDARD Open bender interface, calculation of bending corrections with fixed radii, virtual gauge simulation to make effects of bending correction visible, file-based export of correction data, all major standard bender formats included
NOTE: bender must be enabled to load up correction data
REVERSE ENGINEERING Reverse engineering to acquire tube geometry data from parts, applicable also for free-formed tubes
STATISTIC Export of measurement results in DFQ file format (qs-Stat®) and ASCII format (text file)
REPORT Viewer, report generation in multiple languages Customization of report templates
FUNCTIONAL DIMENSIONS Inspection criteria for functional dimensions (e.g. point to point, point to plane, etc.), dimension types: distance, angle, length)  
DEFLECTION COMPENSATION Automatic correction of self-weight deformations in thin or elastic work pieces (e.g. long thin or rubber tubes), not appllicable for free-formed tubes)  
FORMED ENDS DIAMETER CHANGES ADAPTERS Measurement of tube ends with rotationally symmetric formed ends, measurement of positions of diameter changes, tube end-point measurement with straight-on and elbow adapters
ONLY WITH TUBEINSPECT: Measurement with TubeInspect 7-point adapters to determine position and direction of fixings, flanges and attachments
BENDER INTERFACE FREEFORM Open bender interface, calculation of bending corrections including correction values for bending radii, file-based export of correction data,
NOTE: bender must be enabled to load up correction data
BRANCHED TUBES Measurement of branched tubes with multiple classically bended components      
HOSES Straightening of hose components      

 •  functionality included

Optional modules:

CAD-WIZARD Import and export of IGES and STEP files, import by automatic or interactive selection of bending data, export of tube geometry in IGES and STEP format
OFFLINE Off-line license with same modules as main licenses but without interface to measurement system
OFFLINE NETWORK Off-line license with same modules as main licenses but without interface to measurement system, network license for one user
NETWORK SERVICE Data storage and service on external server

Unbenanntes Dokument
BendingStudio packages include 12 months' SMA

Subject to change without notice

Tube and Wire Inspection Solutions Brochure
Case Study: CLAAS Selbstfahrende Erntemaschinen GmbH - Harsewinkel
Case Study: Sambo Shindo

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