Custom Fabrication and Welding News

A Crash Course on the Press Brake: Three Styles of Metal Bending

Posted by Ken Brakefield on Oct 26 2016

If you’re not immersed in the metal fabrication business day-in and day-out, you may get a little overwhelmed by the amount of terminology that you’re hearing and reading about from the fabricator. How are you supposed to know the difference between all of those machines? Isn’t a bend just a bend? The truth is, “No,” not every bend is exactly the same. The reason why is because there are different methods available for creating those bends, and not every metal responds to bending in an identical manner. That’s why it’s important to make sure the machine operators have the years of experience, training, and know-how needed to effectively run the press brake while keeping mistakes at a minimum at best.

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Overcoming a Major Obstacle in Sheet Metal Bending

Posted by Ken Brakefield on Oct 24 2016

When it comes to sheet metal fabrication, there are always a number of issues to be concerned about. Some of those issues are caused by human error; miscalculations or straying from the job specifications are just a few examples. Others are not so avoidable. Sometimes, there are simply other forces that come into play that affect the outcome of the project. One of these most anticipated, yet very common problems of sheet metal fabrication is the issue of springback.

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Metal Rolling With Excellence: 3 Factors For Success

Posted by Steve Clymer on Oct 04 2016

Metal rolling and bending are highly specialized, multi-faceted processes that almost all metal products will undergo at some point in their fabrication and choosing a fabricator to make this happen is a decision that should be carefully considered. Not all fabricators or formers will produce exceptionally high quality metal forms simply because they say they can. It takes a combination of the right tools and the most skilled fabricators to successfully form metal into a wide range of circular forms for a diverse range of applications. When the right combination is found, metal rolling can increase production rates and provide close control over the fabrication process.

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What is Structural Steel Cambering and Why is it Used?

Posted by Ken Brakefield on Jul 28 2016

Have you ever been curious about what structural steel cambering is and what it’s used for? Whether it’s an idle interest or something which has come up when discussing your current project, it’s good to understand the intricacies of metal fabrication. The better you understand the fine details of a project, the better you can communicate your needs and expectations to your chosen shop, and the more effectively and efficiently that shop can fulfill your order. Let’s start with the basics of cambering and then move on to a few specific common applications.

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Swanton Welding’s New Parmigiani 4-Roll Plate Bending Roll

Posted by Ken Brakefield on Mar 31 2016

Most welding companies have a plate bending machine at their disposal. These machines are intended to form metals into round or conical shapes. However, some varieties of plate bending rolls do a better job of forming that shape than others. Parmigiani’s 4-roll plate bending machine is the finest plate roller available on the market today. The purchase of this exceptional product has improved Swanton Welding in a number of ways. Here are a few of its advantages:

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