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Force required to bend sheet metal with a bending brake

  1. Sep 29, 2015 #1
    I want to know the force required to bend a piece of sheet metal in a hand bending brake. The sheet metal is clamped down and then bent upwards to a desired angle. The action is performed in the video below . Let's say I wanted to bend a piece of .032" thick AL 3' long to 110° (given the brake was able to make this degree of bend). How much force would be required to make this bend using this bending method?

     
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  3. Sep 30, 2015 #2

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    "How much force?" Depends on the actual bend radius, how sharp an "edge" you have on the break.
     
  4. Oct 1, 2015 #3
    "Edge" is a radius of .04" And the bend radius is .045".
     
  5. Oct 1, 2015 #4

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    What's the volume of metal in the bend that is being permanently deformed?
     
  6. Oct 1, 2015 #5
    .11in^3
     
    Last edited: Oct 1, 2015
  7. Oct 1, 2015 #6

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    times
    times 2pi/4
    Don't think so.
     
  8. Nov 20, 2015 #7

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