Complex folded sheet metal components
Whenever we have a complex bracket or chassis component that needs multiple folds we tend to put it on our Trumpf 7036 CNC press brakes. If they are under 1M long these are the perfect machines to produce folded sheet metal work but if they are over 1M long such as structural sections, channels and angles then our Safan e-Brake 3M CNC press brake machine is just the thing to get the job done. With all machines using the same tooling it enables us to move parts under 1M long between all 3 machines enabling panic orders to be dealt with alongside repeat batch order bending work.
As well as all the folds you can see here that have been bent into these sheet metal components with hard V top and bottom tooling there are also a line of obround slots that have been laser cut into the component which will be used as an “easy bend” line, therefore a deliberate weak line that can be folded by hand rather than by machine tooling. In this instance we used the “easy bend” line to finish off bends on the chassis as the tooling couldn’t access the part with the other bends that were already in place. The idea of an “easy bend” can sometimes be used by the customer in their assembly of the parts if components have to be fixed in place first.
If you have a sheet metal component that needs folding then please feel free to send us your drawings to firstname.lastname@example.org or call if you need some advice on 01489 577786.