Sheet Metal - Bend Order (?) Advice / Opinions

Hello everyone.
I need some advice on the Sheet Metal "Bend Order".
Does anyone know why sheet metal bends have "bend order"?
Does anyone use these for a practical purpose / is there one?
Does anyone have any ideas on what actually happens when the bend order is changed (outside of the obvious renumbering)?
I'm trying to get an idea of why these are available to the user. The help file is not too helpful. This seems like a non-useful feature, or at least it is not clearly useful at first glance.
Maybe for use in a 3rd party app / macro (?).
Thanks for you advice.
Regards -
SMA
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snipped-for-privacy@frontiernet.net (Sean-Michael Adams) wrote in message

Hi all,
That is one question I wanted to ask!
However, my guess would be that one can make a drawing illustrating a sequence of bends resulting in a finished component using appropriate configurations etc.
I also assume that SW will sometime in the future develop this feature...
Regards,
mvk
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It used to be that you would get an error that said the piece intersects itself during bend operations, even though it was ok when flat and ok when fully formed. This was a particular problem with something like weld tabs. If you form the weld tab and the side of the box that the tab was on first, you wouldn't be able to form the adjacent side of the box because that side would have to go through the tab. It just meant that if you performed the bends in that particular order, the part would run into itself while it was being formed. I only remember using the bend order setting in the "old" way of doing sheetmetal, and haven't had a use for it in a few years.
matt
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