We are creatures of habit and I often fall into this trap when new features are added to the software. I will often use new features a few times to see how they work and quickly forget about using them when actually working on a design. One such feature is the Bend feature that was added a few releases ago. This can be a nice time saver and can make creating some models much much easier. Let's take a look at what it can do and how it works.
First I created a model that will be represented in a flattened state before we add any bends to it.
To add the bend to my design I first need to create a sketch with a line that can be used as my bend line. I have added a few dimensions to get it placed where I want it to be in order to control the bend location.
I can then fire up the Bend feature to specify my Bend Line, Radius and Angle as well as direction to create a bend. You can also see a nice preview of the bend before you apply it to ensure you have the correct results before you apply it.
You aren't limited to only one bend per model, you can add additional bends to create geometry that would be a bit difficult to create any other way.