I am trying to understand how the Simple Deform / Bend modifier works. I understand that the Bend modifier only works around the Z axis. What I am trying to figure out is how to have an object bend around the Y (or X) axis without having to use an Empty.
I found an example of what I am trying to accomplish here: http://blenderartists.org/forum/showthread.php?350541-MotionTool-Dev-Thread/page2 and the direct link to the blend file is https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/2086432/Motion_Tool_Testing.zip
The object "Deelis" (in the plank.blend file) is bending on the Y axis with no empty when the Simple Deform>Deform>Angle is changed. How is this possible? I can't figure out how to reproduce this.