MATE Precision Tooling, represented in Australia by Advanced Sheetmetal Technologies , has released Easy Bend tooling, a system that creates bend lines in metal for easy hand bending. It is suitable for fabricated assemblies where conventional press brake forming techniques aren't practical.
It creates fabricated bend lines effectively, efficiently and with CNC punch press precision. It has an upper tool with a linear V-line stencil engraved onto the face of the tool. The lower tool is a blank die. As the upper tool penetrates the sheet metal, a crisp bend line is created.
Bend line penetration is dependent on the ductility and thickness of the workpiece with quality bend lines of up to 300mm possible in material thickness of 2mm for mild steel and 1.5mm for stainless steel.
Mate SnapLock tooling fabricates interlocking sheet metal components and assemblies and Mate SheetMarker tooling permanently marks sheet metal parts with assembly codes or another CNC-programmable inscription. By combining these two tools with Easy Bend tools, users can complete or partially complete assemblies with bend lines, identification codes and self-locking features for final assembly at a later time.
These systems can be manufactured to suit most tool styles, machine brands and machine station sizes.