Mar 27, 2015 0 Comments in Business News by

DSC03989Metal bending is a specialized and unique sub-skill of bending metal object that allows an equipment to purposely bend processed metal in a similar fashion like bending other regular material. It is a process where metal is reproduced in “V-Shape” and “U-Shape”. Ductile materials like sheet metal are bent to its required shape using metal bending process. Sheet metal is formed by an industrial process into flat, thin pieces. It is one of the primary forms used in metalworking and it can be cut and bent into many different shapes.

Numerous day life objects are constructed with sheet metal. Thicknesses can vary significantly; exceedingly thin thicknesses are considered leaf or foil, and pieces which thicker than 6 mille meter (0.25 inch) are considered plate. Sheet metal is used for airplane wings, car bodies, medical tables, surgery board, roofs for buildings (architecture) and many other applications. The thickness of sheet metal is commonly specified by a conventional and non-linear measure recognized as gauge. The larger the gauge number, the thinner the metal. Frequently used steel sheet metal ranges from 30 gauge to about 7 gauge sheet metal of iron and other materials with high compelling permeability, also identified as laminated steel cores, it has applications in transformers and electric machines.

Metal bending comes in various forms.  In press brake forming, a work piece is placed over the die block and the die block presses the metal to figure a shape. Usually bending has to overcome both compressive stresses and tensile stresses. After bending is done, the enduring stresses cause the material to spring back towards its original position, so the metal must be over-bent to achieve the correct bend angle. The amount of spring back is dependent on the material used and the type of forming. When metal is bent, it stretches in length. The bend radius refers to the actual inside radius. The twisted bend radius is dependent upon the dies used, the material characteristics, and the material thickness.

Metal bending process is getting popular gradually. Many modern applications, tools and machines are now introduced to perform metal bending. Recently, computer numerical control (CNC) bending machines are now used for high flexibility and low setup times in bending metals. CNC bending machines are able to bend single pieces as well as small batches in high precision and efficiency. This method of bending provides an economical means to produce 3D shapes out of 2D metal sheets. CNC bending is appropriate for ductile metal processing and sheet metal designs with multiple bends such as chassis, enclosures, brackets, cams, etc.

As a value-added service, Architectural & Industrial Metal Finishing offers CNC Bending to fulfill our customer’s needs. We can deliver a complete, cost-effective solution the meets standard specifications and client requirements. To learn more or to see how we can assist your manufacturing needs, contact Architectural & Industrial Metal Finishing Company today.

 

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