Sheet metal folding and precision bending

Folding/bending

Specialists in sheet metal folding

D&M has six CNC (Computer Numerically Controlled) press brakes that can fold a considerable range of material thicknesses. This can range from as little as 0.7mm up to 20mm. The machines’ fantastic accuracy and speed allow us to work with metal up to a maximum length of 4 meters.

We operate with some of the most modern machines available. They are eco-friendly and energy-saving, thereby making them very environmentally friendly. We utilise the very best computer software and skilled staff to manufacture various sheet metal folded products.

All of our machines feature both manual and CNC control. Our experienced operators are proficient in various sheet metal folding, forming and bending techniques. Our sheet metal folding services work perfectly in tandem with our other primary services, such as laser cutting and fabrication, to allow us to offer a complete in house service for all of your sheet metal fabrication needs.

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Capabilities

Our capabilities are suitable for any size of business needs

We can accommodate all your sheet metal folding needs. If you can’t see what you are looking for here, get in touch as we have the solution for your needs.

Metal Folding Capacity

  • 220 tons

Maximum width of the part

  • 4000mm

Material Thickness

  • Minimum 0.7mm
  • Maximum 20mm
Sheet metal folding process

CNC Folding

What is sheet metal folding?

Sheet metal folding covers sheet metal bending, folding, and pressing into a predetermined shape. Metal bending is used to create many different products. Due to the nature of sheet metal, it can be reshaped in many ways. This can include rolling, indenting, bending and shearing.

In a typical setting, sheet metal bending would be carried out on a press brake machine. The machines use strong tensile and shear forces to bend, fold and punch the sheet metal into the required shape. Some progressive metal folding technologies now include automated panel bender machines and high-speed bending cells.

Advantages

Why choose CNC press braking?

This is the most accurate way of folding sheet metal. CNC press brakes are environmentally friendly and highly versatile.

Complex folded sheet metal

Complex Forming

CNC Press brakes can form complicated multi-angle parts quickly. They offer unrivalled flexibility giving them the ability to fold complex pieces.

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More Environmental

Due to the way the Amada CNC Press Brake works, constantly adjusting itself to the bend requirements. It uses less energy, reduces maintenance and oil consumption and lowers noise levels.

Incremental sheet metal fold

Versatility

Hydraulic press brakes are incredibly versatile machines; with the ability to fold a variety of metals, as well as a variety of different bends and shapes. They can easily create more intricate folds, such as incremental folds.

Accurate results

Guaranteed accurate results

CNC press brakes are highly accurate and can produce consistent results across the entire bend length no matter how much pressure is applied.

FAQs

Everything you need to know about sheet metal folding

We have the answers to all your folding questions, have a look at our frequently asked questions below. If you can’t find the answer you are looking for, get in touch, and a member of the team will be on hand to help you with any questions you might have. Call us on 01765 522 222 or email us.

What is the sheet metal folding process?

Folding sheet metal consists of positioning the sheet metal over the die block; the metal is then pressed into the die block, causing the bend. When bending occurs, there is a certain level of spring-back that happens. This needs to be compensated for in the initial calculations of the bend to ensure that the bend is completed correctly. This differs for each type of material.

What machinery is used to fold sheet metal?

The most common way to fold sheet metal is with a press brake machine. We currently have 6 CNC press brakes here at D&M.

What is a bend radius?

The bend radius in sheet metal fabrication refers to the inside of the bend. The bend radius depends on the dies used in the process.

When bending sheet metal, there is a certain degree of spring-back, this varies for each type of material, but this does mean that to get the correct result, you must over calculate the bend to allow for the spring-back.

What materials can be CNC folded?

CNC press brakes can fold a variety of materials including:

  • Mild Steel
  • Coated steels
  • Stainless steel
  • Aluminium
  • Alloys

Our Services

See what else we do

We have a wide range of metal fabrication services available for your business needs. Please take a look at the other services we have available.

Request a free quote

To learn more about our sheet metal folding services and get a bespoke quote, please don’t hesitate to contact the team on 01765 522 222 or send us an email.

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