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Automated Bending Cells

Posted by Mike Thomas

Need a completely automated tube fabrication manufacturing cell? Tube Form Solutions and manufacturing partner SOCO have the answers for you. With the full line of tube fabrication equipment available to us we can specify, build, runoff, install, and support a fully automated tube fabrication line.

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Topics: Tube Fabrication

No Mar Tube Bending Tooling

Posted by Mike Thomas

When setting bend tooling the goal is never to produce unnecessary bulges or distortions in the tubing you are bending. In fact, bulging, creasing, and distortions can all be signs that the tooling is set incorrectly or there is some other issue with the bend. However, even a set of tooling that has been properly placed and a bend that has been properly executed can leave some surface abrasions, scratches, or other marring of the tubing. Typically this isn’t an issue for the final product, but there are applications where the bent tubing needs to be clean. When this is the case you typically have two options. First, you can polish the finished piece to remove the tooling marks. The other option is to opt for no mar tube bending tooling.

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Topics: Bending Tooling

End Forming Bend Tooling Explained: Infographic

Posted by Mike Thomas

We’ve shared each of the individual end forming bend tooling infographics before, but this is the first time all three have ever been collected together. Below you can find a quick guide to:

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Topics: Bending Tooling

Tube Bending Section Modulus Calculator

Posted by Mike Thomas

Calculating the section area moment of inertia properties of common shapes for tube bending and fabricating metal into finished shapes can be time consuming and complicated. Which is why we’ve created a free Tube Section Modulus Calculator. 

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Topics: Tube Bending

The 5 Basic Bending Tooling Components Explained

Posted by Mike Thomas

When first approaching bending tooling, it is necessary to understand a bit about bending in general as well as the various components that are used in the task. Each component contributes to the success of the operation, but the basic components include the bend die, clamp die, pressure die, wiper die, and mandrel. Before we dive into each of these specific tooling components, however, let’s look at some of the basics of tube and pipe bending in general.

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Topics: Bending Tooling

New Enhancements made to BendPro CAD Interface Software

Posted by Mike Thomas

The BendPro software has recently been enhanced to allow quicker and easier conversions from CAD models to Supravision files. The software is now able to do this directly from the CAD interface screen. Users will no longer need to first save the models as a bender part file. This simplifies the process and allows for quicker conversions.

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Topics: Tube Bending

Notching and TC Straight Cut End Forming Tools Explained

Posted by Mike Thomas

In this end forming tooling break down, we tackle notching and TC straight cut end forming tools. You can find our previous look at ram forming, c style, and I/O tooling here and our look at inline flare ram and multi-strike end forming tooling here.

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Topics: End Forming

Quick Guide to Wiper Die and Mandrel Die Evolution

Posted by Mike Thomas


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Topics: Tube Bending, Pipe Bending

Direct Part Marking Tubes During the Fabrication Process

Posted by Mike Thomas

Direct part marking tubes during or after the fabrication process is becoming more of an issue all the time due to increased requirements of the supply chain for part identification and traceability. Fabricators need to mark pipe and tube before, during and after processing to manage internal as well as external processes. There are many types of direct part marks that can be permanently applied to pipe and tube.

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Topics: Tube Fabrication

Make Sense of Calculations for CNC Tube Benders with Our Tube Bending Calculator

Posted by TFS

To perform a bend, the tube bender much have enough bend arm torque to overcome a material’s section modulus. If the bender does not have enough torque the bend will fail to be permanent or the material will be distorted or deformed. The material composition is also important because it determines the deforming of the tubing material past the given material’s modulus of elasticity and into the yield strength of the material. 

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Topics: Tube Bending