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What is Press Brake bending or forming?
Our press brake and metal forming service are one of the oldest methods of forming sheet metal and plates, it has stood the test of time due to its simplicity, accuracy, flexibility and low cost per piece. The machinery has of course moved on and most press brakes are now fully CNC, making them very accurate. This is critical for our customers, as many will order in batches and the consistency and quality offered today to give them the confidence to order those same parts tomorrow.
The simplicity of the sheet metal bending process means that the metals that can be formed are vast. The most common materials that we are requested to form are Stainless Steel, Aluminium, and Mild Steel. However, other stock metals are requested to be formed by our customers, such as our Copper, Titanium, and Brass to name a few are also not uncommon.
The flexibility and speed offered by our Press Brake Forming Service and the low cost per piece allow us to offer our customers the ability to form anything. We work with a wide range of complexity from single items, such as Angles (of almost any degree), Channels, and multi-form complicated brackets, all the way through to a consistent and repeatable medium to large run volumes.
What material thickness can be put on a Brake Press?
0.2mm to 12mm is the range of thickness but tonnage restricts the length of form the thicker the material.
Advantages of Press Brake Forming
- The CNC press brake is easy to program and operate
- The CNC press brake can be set very quickly from one job to the next.
- It is an ideal process for batch work.
- Very complicated forms and profiles are achievable using standard tooling.
- Replacement/additional tooling is readily available and not costly compared to power press tooling.
- Modern press brake tools are also becoming lighter and simpler to install to speed up manufacturing even more.
- Current machines are also able to produce more unique pieces because of the variety of software designs that can be run through the CNC system.
- 3D graphic representations of the metal bending process allow workers to visualize the process and reorder the machine’s sequence if necessary, without manually refitting all the tools, previously a highly skilled worker’s job.
Disadvantages of Press Brake Forming
- Can only produce one form at a time.
- Not as cost-effective on high volume, regular running work although modern press brakes create better bends much faster with current technology.