March 2, 2017 | By Steve Benson
Do the rules of precision bending apply to heavy plate fabrication? Of course they do. After all, it’s really just a matter of scale.
January 30, 2017 | By Steve Benson
When choosing tools to bend aluminum, as always, you need to consider the naturally floated radius as well as where the bend turns sharp. You also may consider forming certain aluminum grades in the annealed condition.
January 9, 2017 | By Steve Benson
Making accurate time estimates requires both complete information about the job at hand as well as technical talent, both in engineering and in press brake operation.
December 6, 2016 | By Steve Benson
Measuring hems, acute angles, and unparallel flanges isn’t difficult—if you have the right tools and dimensional information, and you know how to use both properly.
October 24, 2016 | By Steve Benson
As parts become more complicated and our machines get more sophisticated and precise, there is a real need to be much more precise in our trade-related language.
September 15, 2016 | By Steve Benson
When determining the root causes of part failure, look to not just the forming method and tooling, but also the quality of material. Cheap material can be extremely costly over the long run.
August 17, 2016 | By Steve Benson
When determining the backgauge position, you need to know the outside flange dimension and bend deduction, based on the actual radius you achieve.
July 12, 2016 | By Steve Benson
Anytime the inside radius or material thickness varies, there will be a change in the bend deduction. This is just as true when bending plastic as it is when bending sheet metal.
July 5, 2016 | By Steve Benson
When considering a new press brake purchase, focus on the tooling and forming method first. How will your staff react to changes? How steep will the learning curve be? Also, think about where your company is headed and the markets it serves.
May 9, 2016 | By Steve Benson
No press brake is best for every application, but you can find a press brake that’s best for you. To find that press brake, you need to match what’s available—hydraulic, hybrid, electric, mechanical, and other styles, along with the tooling—with what your operation needs.
April 13, 2016 | By Steve Benson
Four areas to consider when bending include (1) formability; (2) thickness and bend radius; (3) tensile, yield, and elongation; and (4) how to deal with bending tempered materials. This month, Steven Benson applies these to forming 6061 aluminum.
March 28, 2016 | By Steve Benson
Bending guru Steve Benson continues his discussion of notching, which has a symbiotic relationship with bending. Nowadays CAD systems take care of the layout calculations. Nonetheless, manual notch layout is still used for one-off products or in prototype shops.
February 15, 2016 | By Steve Benson
Whether you are a press brake technician or you are programming in CAD, having a basic understanding of notching can lead to better products and a more efficient operation.
January 27, 2016 | By Steve Benson
Bottom bending can work well for some aluminum grades, but it requires knowledgeable operators who fully grasp the bending method and know what precautions to take.
December 15, 2015 | By Steve Benson
This month Steve Benson summarizes his grand unifying theory of radius, bend deduction, and die selection with a review and complete rundown of the bend calculations, from estimating springback to working the bend functions.