Tube bending is a metal forming process used to form pipes or tube bending into precise shapes. This involves bending or twisting metal sheets by bending the sheet in the desired manner, such as cylindrical or hexagonal tubes, pipes, tubes, and so forth. Tube bending can be straight form-binding or use form-free-bending techniques, and it can use heat-supported or cold forming techniques. Straight form-binding involves twisting the sheet at one end while bending it at the other, while free-forming involves bending the sheet while keeping its edges straight. Finally, cold forming involves bending or twisting the sheet at one end while holding the other side straight.
Tube bending – What You Need to Know?
There are different types of tube bending. The most common is straight tubing bending, which is used in fabrication, piping, plumbing, and electrical applications. Straight tube bending is the most common type of bending. It’s done with a lathe that includes a large drill press with rotating parts that move up and down. It is performed in the shop with a sheet metal bend that has been cut to size, and with a flexible strip of flexible metal or steel between two sheets of sheet metal.
The bent strip can then be pulled through a hole, while the lathe spins at high speed and applies a force on the strip of flexible metal or steel. This type of bending can be used for piping fittings, metal pipes, valves and many others.