Metal Forming

Of the countless services we are able to provide at Fedtech, one of the greatest capabilities that we have is to form parts. Forming can be used in metalworking to bend, roll, and shape pieces to reach their desired form. Fedtech most recently brought in a new type of press brake that is used in forming armor plating and ballistic parts.

One of the most commonly used methods of forming is air bending, which uses 3 points of contact to form the angle. This is done by using a hydraulic CNC press brake. The press brake is generally used for bending sheet material into angles. The machine uses a punch and die set to press downward with force to form the piece of material, ranging from thin sheet metal to thick plating. Often times the metal is over bent to compensate for the anticipated spring-back. Here at Fedtech, we have precision CNC controlled presses that allow constant and precise control of your flange length and angle.

Press Brake at Fedtech

Another common method of forming is called bottoming. This process does not use the three points of contact; instead the sheet is pressed against the sides of the die leaving just a small amount of air beneath the valley of the die.

As you may have read on ManufacturingTalk, MakeitMetal, The Fabricator, or ThomasNet; the Bystronic Xpert 320 is 161" x 144" worth of forming equipment paired with Wila Int. tooling to provide high quality results to our customers. However, the Bystronic Xpert isn't our only machine on the production floor designed to bend and form parts to customers' specifications. We also use a 72" wide x 100 ton CNC press brake, and a 48" x 30 ton press brake.

Statistics of the Bystronic Xpert 320

  • 352 tons of force
  • 29" of open height (ideal for fabrication of deep boxes or lengthy flanges)
  • 18" RAM stroke
  • Hydraulic tool clamping (for fast setup and heightened flexibility)
  • Bybend graphic CAM software (which allows for direct importing of DXF, DWG, IGES files)
  • Wila precision ground new standard style tooling
  • Built-in dynamic crowning which moves and adapts pressure in the bed according to material (ensures accuracy of bends, regardless of the grain direction, length or thickness)

Bystronic Xpert 320 Press Brake

The Bystronic Xpert 320 (352 tons of force)

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