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Metal Bending:How and What to Consider

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There are several ways that we can produce different metal shape and sizes. One of it is metal bending. So, what is metal bending and how is it done?

Metal bending is a forming operation in which a sheet metal or some call it a metal plate, is subjected to bending stress whereby a flat straight sheet (or plate) is made into a curved sheet without changing its thickness or volume. It is similar to folding a paper; you can fold it in half by applying slight pressure on the paper without changing the paper’s thickness or volume.

We know that folding a paper requires a minimal amount of pressure and we can do it effortlessly with just our two hands, but what about bending a metal sheet? We can’t bend a metal sheet with our bare hands, obviously (unless it is as thin as paper or you’re secretly The Hulk), metal bending can be done by using a press brake machine, and these press brake machines have various capacity. Its capacity directly relates to the thickness of the metal sheet it can bend. The higher the capacity of the press brake machine, the thicker the metal sheet it can bend.

Most metal sheet bending process involves a punch die setup. The force for the punch and die action will be provided by the press brake machine we mentioned earlier. At times, one metal bending process is not sufficient to get the desired shape. Hence, to achieve the desired shape, a metal piece will have to go through several metal bending processes. Occasionally, it will take a series of different punch and die process to create a single shape or bend. For example, if you would like to achieve a V bending, you’ll need to use a V-shaped punch and a V-shaped die. 

Bending metal sheet or metal plate is not merely just a push of a button, there are several items that you will need to take into consideration such as the size of the bend, bend radius, bend angle, the curvature of the desired bend and location of the bend.

At CS, we provide top of the line metal bending services. We can provide consultation on any metal profile or metal bending that you need. Our fabrication workshop can carry out metal bending for up to 6mm for mild steel, 6 mm for aluminium and 3mm for stainless steel.

To find out more about metal bending and how we can provide you with our metal bending services, give us a call at +65 62656706 or drop us an email at admin@csmarine.com.sg.

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