What is Tube Bending and How Does it Work?

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Tube BendingIf you are unfamiliar with tube bending, this process is used to reshape tubing or piping into certain designs or shape. One of the main benefits of this process is what it works with many materials, including titanium, steel, metal, and alloy.

Types of Tube Bending

There are four primary processes that fall under the tube bending category: heat induction, press bending, roll bending, and rotary bending. The process used depends on how thick the metal is, its size, and several other factors relating to the material being shaped. For example, rotary bending is often used to create straight tubes or pipes, like car frames, cages, and rails. Comparatively, when the material needs to take on the form of a coil, roll bending is used.

The Process of Tube Bending

 Regardless of the type of tube bending being performed, the same general process is usually followed:

  • The metal being bent is clamped between two dies so it remains in place
  • The metal is formed using a rotary machine

The tools used during this process are made of steel, but other elements can be used if the material undergoing the bending process is prone to scratching.

Applications for Tube Bending

 Tube bending is a process that is used to create products that are used in daily life. For example, architects and contractors use tube bending to create aesthetically pleasing and practical designs for stairs and bridges, while designers may use it to create furniture and art sculptures.