I have a "tab" that needs to be bent around several features on different models so that I can check for clearance, sufficient tab length, etc. Unfortunately, I have no idea how to approach this... Is there any function that allows me to turn this solid model into a "flexible" one that I could just drag and bend with the click of a mouse?
You can certaily bend your tab using the same kind of features we're using to bend the "jelly roll" in the other thread. You can bend a tab using a spinal bend. You can also bend it using the Warp tools. With any of these options you have to be careful about applying them in a way that doesn't stretch or shrink the geometry.
Can you make a quick sketch of the kind of bends you're envisioning so we can make a quick example?