CAD Interface Software Part Importing

Import from any CAD Program

With this option the BendPro software can import tubes geometries from virtually any CAD program including SolidWorks, Solid Edge, AutoCAD, Inventor, CATIA, Pro-E, etc. This makes programming new parts much easier and quicker while reducing data entry mistakes.

STEP or IGES files can be imported directly into the BendPro software and saved as bender part or Supravision files. 


CAD Interface Software Tube Part Importing programs

Our software is able to automatically analyse STEP or IGES files and extract the XYZ and bend data. In cases where automatic analysis isn’t possible because of issues within the CAD model, the user has the option to manually select each straight or bend and then push the calculate button. The software will then automatically calculate important information from the CAD model including:

  • XYZ Cartesian coordinates
  • YBC bend data
  • Tube Outside Diameter
  • Tube Wall Thickness
  • Tube Cut Length
  • Units (Millimeters, Meters, Inches, Feet)
CAD Interface Software Tube Part automatic analysis

Automatic analysis of CAD models

CAD models contain lots of entities and objects but they do not include the tube center lines, XYZ coordinates, or other bend data that tube bending machines need!

This data has to be extracted and calculated from the entities in the CAD model and not all CAD models are created or drawn the same way. The BendPro software has extensive algorithms designed to make this process as quick and easy as possible. 

A new version of CAD Interface now imports round, square, rectangular, and oval tubes.

CAD Interface Software tube importing round square rectangular oval
CAD Interface Software tube importing from assemblies

Select individual tubes from assemblies

Import multiple tube assemblies and select individual tubes for bending.

Easily extend a straight tube section to an end feature before bending.

CAD Interface Software Tube Part importing end feature
CAD Interface Software Tube Part importing holes slots

Holes, slots, and other objects are recognized and handled by the BendPro software.


  • Import STEP or IGES files
  • Automatic Tube Analysis
  • Manual Tube Analysis
  • Calculates XYZ and bend data
  • Creates bender part files
  • Handles Holes, Slots, Brackets, etc.
  • Support for Coped ends, flares, beads, and fittings
  • Works with Bend-on-Bend
  • Handles bends with no beginning or ending straight
  • Allows Editing of XYZ or YBC data
  • Allows extending straights to end points, etc.
  • Zoom, Pan, Capture in clipboard, etc.
  • Print reports
  • Compare analyzed tube with original
  • Changed units between inches, feet, millimeters, meters
  • Supports rounds, squares, rectangles, and ovals
CAD Interface Software Tube Part importing reports
Reports can be easily printed.


Frequently Asked Questions

What does this software do?
  • Imports CAD files that contain tube geometry and displays the tube in 3D
  • Extracts tube centerlines and bend data that tube bending machines need
  • Creates and saves BendPro part files
  • Creates and saves Supravision CMM files
  • Allows individual tubes to be selected from assemblies and processed
Which CAD programs will this work with?

Any CAD program that can export to STEP or IGES format. The CAD programs that we have tested so far include:

  • SolidWorks
  • SolidEdge
  • AutoDesk Inventor
  • AutoDesk Fusion 360
  • Catia
  • ProEngineer
  • OnShape
  • Alibre/Geomagic
Does the software support non round tubes?

Yes. In addition to round tubes, the software supports squares, rectangles, and ovals.

What are the PC system requirements?
  • Windows 11, 10, or 7
  • Multi-core CPU
  • 4GB RAM
  • 1024 x 768 or larger display