Calculate accurate and consistent folding prices
ToolBox provides you with a standard folding calculator, giving you and your team consistent folding pricing for plasma and laser cutting quotes.
Get consistent accurate folding times and prices
No longer do you need to go to the press brake operator to understand how much to charge for folding in your plasma and laser cutting quotes.
Have 3D model extractions automatically identified for their fold lines
3D model sheet metal extractions with folds are automatically identified, counted and measured.
Handle folding parts in bulk
Select multiple drawings with different layer names, and designate the layer names as ‘folding’ in bulk.
Upload CAD drawings
Upload 100s of 2D and 3D drawings in seconds.
Identify fold lines
Automatically or manually declare lines as ‘folding’ for calculation.
Quote with folding
Accurate folding prices are calculated as part of the quoting process.
An algorithm built by specialists
ToolBox’s Folding macro has been developed by specialists with decades of experience using brake presses.
We take into account:
- Setup time, dependent on the longest fold length.
- Number of folds.
- The weight and size of the part.
- The number of people to handle the part.
Calculated outputs include cycle time, setup time, and price. Two settings allow you to manipulate these. In order to keep it simple, these are rolled into two percentage settings:
Setup override %:
- Increasing (or decreasing) the setup override % will increase (or decrease) the setup time for bending.
This is the one-off amount of time for any amount of bending. The more parts that require bending, the more this time gets spread out, resulting in higher per-part charges for low quantities of bending and lower per-part charges for higher quantities of bending.
Production override %:
- Increasing (or decreasing) the production override % will increase (or decrease) the production time for bending.
This is the time it takes to bend each part. If you find the bending time calculations are too small, you can increase this percentage.
After uploading the drawing through our 3D module, ToolBox automatically places fold lines on the correct layers, populates the fold length and amount, and produces a flat DXF.
For 2D drawings that have fold layers already designated, and just need defining, then ToolBox will automatically find these folds and fill out the required data. In cases where the drawing does not have the correct layers for folding, simply select the fold line and then set the layer to folding.