Sheet Metal Forming

Sheet metal forming or bending is an art of its own. Many people do not realize how difficult it can be to form sheet metal. Since sheet metal has a thickness to it, it does not bend like a piece of paper. The thickness of the material causes the metal to shift and distort when formed. Especially if a sheet metal part has bends near a hole or an edge, it can be get difficult to achieve the right kind of bend without stretching the hole or bending a part straight near an edge. Therefore, a press brake operator needs to be creative in order to achieve the desired outcome. Continue reading