METAL BENDING | BRAKE METAL | SHEET METAL FORMING & FOLDING

Metal Bending & Forming | Brake Metal Fabrication

“Bend it, shape it, any way you like it!”

Our CNC Press Brakes & Folding Machines make metal bending a breeze.  We can reproduce complex multiple bend caps, copings, trim, and drip.  The brakes adjust after every bend both by dimension and angle to create consistently bent metal parts.  This eliminates the time needed to mark scribes and measure each part, and also eliminates material handling time since the entire part can be formed at once.  True angles are obtained, no matter what the part length, by means of CNC adaptive forming technology and Auto Crown capability.

We have an extensive selection of metal bending tooling to correctly bend brake metal.  We have vees, goosenecks, flattening, offsets, radiused, hemming, and other specialty dies to create specific bends.  Having the right tooling for the job creates more accurate parts.

In addition to metal bending brakes, we also have a hydraulic press brake solely set up for 1/2″ hems.  This enables us to create tight, consistent hems for aesthetics and safety.  This also eliminates the need for repetitive die changes.  Our hemming brake can create open or closed hems in up to 20 gauge sheet metal.

We also have a 10′ hand brake for small piecework jobs where programming is not necessary or economical.

Metal Bending & Forming Machines at H&H Metals

Metal Bending Forming Brake Metal Fabrication Denver

Bend Simulation Software shows how the part is to be bent.

Sheet Metal Fabrication Simulation

Sheet metal bending in action.  Complicated Gutter made easy!

Bending 5/16″ thick steel plate in a press brake.

Metal Bending Capacity

“What can you bend?”

We measure bending capacity by several factors.  These include tonnage, material type, bottom vee die tooling width, and obviously part profile.  You cannot physically bend the metal if you don’t have enough tonnage, and you cannot achieve a bend without the correct tooling.  Please always inquire about specific parts, but as a general rule you can follow this guide.

Thickness or GaugeMaximum Bend LengthBend Length Limiting FactorMinimum Flange OD sizeInside Bend Radius
(approx.)
How we cut the material
Over 1/2" No Bending Tooling Varies Varies Laser or Saw
1/2" 6'-4" (76") Tonnage 2.875" 0.625" Laser or Saw
3/8" 8'-6" (102") Tonnage 2.125" 0.469" Laser or Saw
5/16" 10'-0" (120") Tooling Length Max 120" 1.875" 0.391" Laser or Saw
1/4" 12'-0" (144") Tooling Length max 144" 1.4375" 0.3125" Shear, Laser, Saw
3/16" 14'-0" (168") Shear Capacity, Brake Length 1.0625" 0.234" Shear, Laser, Saw
10 (0.1345") 14'-0" (168") Shear Capacity, Brake Length 0.8125" 0.195" Shear, Laser (up to 156")
12 (0.1345") 12'-0" (144") Tooling Length max 144" 0.625" 0.156" Shear, Laser
14 (0.747") 14'-0" (168") Shear Capacity, Brake Length 0.5" 0.098" Shear
Laser (up to 156")
16 (0.598")
18 (0.487")
It's complicated Variety of factors 0.375" (<= 144") 0.5" (> 144") 0.083" It's complicated
20 (0.478")
& Thinner
It's complicated It's complicated It's complicated It's complicated It's complicated

Metal Bending Machine List – Description

  • RAS XXL Folding Brake – Electric – 21′-0″ length.  CNC Controlled with bending simulation.  16 gauge capacity with minimum 1/2″ flange lengths.  Ideal to leave flange on one end at least 3/4″.  Minimum 48″ part length.
  • Cincinnati – 230 Ton Hydraulic – 14′ bed, 12′-6″ between frame. CNC Controlled with user PC touch screen interface & bend simulation.  Auto Crown ensures consistent bends throughout part.
  • Cincinnati – 135 Ton Hydraulic – 12′ bed, 10′-6″ between frame. Frame is built with extra deep opening to allow more capability with 12′ parts. This brake has 14″ stroke length to handle extra tall tooling.  CNC Controlled with user PC touch screen interface & bend simulation.  Auto Crown ensures consistent bends throughout part.
  • Cincinnati – 90 Ton Hydraulic – 10′ bed, 8′-6″ between frame. CNC Controlled with user PC touch screen interface & bend simulation.  Auto Crown ensures consistent bends throughout part.
  • Accurpress-  175 Ton Hydraulic 12′ Hemming Die  – 20 ga. capacity –  We use this machine to form 1/2″ open and closed hems only.  Minimum Hem is 3/8″ in 24 gauge Steel or Stainless Steel, & .040″ Aluminum
  • Chicago Hand Brake – 10′ leaf brake.
  • 4′ Hand box & pan brake

Metal Bending Equipment Gallery:

Click images of the forming equipment we use for an enlarged image and detailed description of the capacities.