A metal bending machine is a device used to bend and form workpieces. There are many types and functions of sheet metal benders. Some can directly process sheet metal without clamping tools. And some need clamping tools to assist in bending. The metal sheet is fixed by the clamping device and will not move during the whole processing process. Then the plate is processed by the metal sheet bending machine, which also manufactures the profile. The body and tools of the sheet metal bending machine shall be made of special materials. This can ensure that pressure won't make great damage to the machine body and tooling during processing.
Benefits of metal sheet bending machines
A sheet metal bender offers numerous benefits that make it a suitable fabrication method for many applications. Its working process is ideal for larger components, as it's generally more economical and can meet tighter tolerances than other methods. Additionally, the working processes of metal sheet bending tools usually only require a single operator. Other alternatives, such as the method of press brake, would be a two-person operation that's more expensive, increases the likelihood of errors, and doesn't allow for tight tolerances. Finally, the automated sheet metal bender is precise. The same machine will continue to give precise results even after several hours of operating. There are built-in sensors that make particular angles as the metals fold accurately.
Types of metal sheet bending machines
Manual metal bending machines are normally used for bending sheets with lower thicknesses. These are used for applications where repeatability, accuracy, and cost are not important, and the production volumes are also low. Hydraulic metal bending machines are capable of bending thick sheets but have limitations in terms of repeatability. This technology requires an experienced operator for set up and requires a lot of maintenance. Electric metal bending machines can bend a broad range of thicknesses, are fast, and are repeatable. The setup is much simpler. Hence, these machines are suitable when high productivity, easy change of production, and repeatability over time are desired.