Tube Cutting with a Tube Bending Machine and the Right Tooling

Much like tube bending and end forming, many of the same machines used for those processes can also be used for tube cutting. Similarly, to those processes as well, tube cutting can be accomplished in a number of ways and requires a specific set of tube and pipe benders cutting tooling.

tube-cutting-saw-machine-tooling.jpgTypes of Tube Cutting

One of the most common types of tube cutting is tube sawing. With this method of cutting the tube is cut using saw tooling that cuts within a 1mm profile tolerance. This method, unfortunately, creates a lot of clean-up. Shavings and chips are created during the cut, resulting in both material loss and clean-up.

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Blade shearing is another tube cutting option that offers users the advantage of speed. Typically blade shearing machine cycle times are only 4-5 seconds. Similarly, dual blade shearing cycle times typically run 4-6 seconds. However, dual blade shearing requires the use of two perishable blades.

Other types of cutting are accomplished with rotary shear tooling, facing, and chamfer tooling. When rotary shear tooling is used, the tools oscillate to fracture the outside wall of the tubing. Rotary facing and chamfering, by contrast, squares or chamfers the end of a round tube to prepare the cut end for the next forming process.

Tube and Pipe Benders Cutting Tooling

Specific tube and pipe bender cutting tooling for each of the above processes is required. Saws, blades, rotary shear tooling, and spin cut tooling are all necessary to complete any of the above types of cutting methods. As with all bending processes, it is vital that you choose the correct tooling for not only your machine but also your requirements.

Want to Learn More?

Introduction to Rotary Draw Bending Tooling is an excellent resource for beginners and experienced benders alike. In this free guide, you will find:

  • Introduction To Rotary Draw Bending
  • Engineering Guidelines
  • Tight Radius Bending
  • Completing the Application Review
  • Special Considerations & Applications
  • Summary and Benefits

Click here or click the button below to download the Introduction to Rotary Bending Tooling.

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