Category Archives: Tube bending

Knowing How to Order Metal Tubing

Describing a bent metal tube sounds simple enough. It’s grey/silver. It’s metal. It’s tube shaped. It has a curve. But you could take a completely different metal tube, and all of those descriptions would apply to it as well.  To order the correct metal tubing, you need to get …
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The Science of Manipulating Metal Part 2 – How a Tube is Bent without Breaking

In a recent post, we talked about the science of metal welding. Today, we’d like to talk about the other side of our fabrication services: tube bending.  Before we get into how metal tubes are bent, we’d like to discuss why …
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The Shape of Tubing – Cylindrical or Square?

When people think of tubing, they think of a cylinder, and for good reason. “Cylinder shape” is actually used in the definition of a tube. That said, square tubing is something that exists on the market.  What exactly is the difference between cylindrical …
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Metal Tubing vs. Plastic Tubing

Tubing and pipes are a major part of our modern infrastructure. Actually, they’ve been around for quite some time, dating as far back as ancient Rome. Back then, pipes were used almost exclusively for water and plumbing. Today, cylindrical tubes …
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Where Have All the Welders Gone? A Look at Welder Shortage in the US.

A few weeks back, we talked about the idea of machines one day replacing welders and fabricators. If a day is coming where that happens, it’s a ways off. Right now, there’s a very high demand for skilled welders.   In fact, the …
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Production Part Approval Process – What You Need to Know

Fabrication requires not only quality and precision, but consistency. We’re making the same parts over and over to be used in the same manner across different devices, machines, and equipment across the world. Each piece needs to virtually identical to …
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Pros and Cons of Powder Coating Metal

Sometimes, fabricated and welded metals are left as is, shiny and metallic. Other times, you want to dress them up a little more. Maybe you need to match a color scheme. While the most popular method of dressing up metal …
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Wiper Die – What it is and When it’s Used

When you bend a tube, you run the risk of misshaping it.  The radius flattens, ripples form before the bend, buckling occurs, etc. These imperfections don’t just ruin the appearance; they hamper performance and structural integrity. Proper bending practices and …
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Why Mandrel Bending is Better

Tube bending is an art, and just like any other art, it requires, skill, inspiration, passion, and precision in executing a vision. Otherwise, the finished work comes out underdeveloped. With tube bending, one of the biggest obstacles you face is …
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Common Tube Bending Mistakes (and Why They Happen)

Bending a metal tube requires a powerful machine. But used incorrectly, things can go wrong quickly. An improperly bent tube underperforms and wears out quickly.  Not to mention they generally look bad.  To make the best bends that meet your …
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