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What is a press brake commonly used for?

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Press brakes are machine tools used for bending sheet and plate metal. They are commonly found in fabrication shops, machine shops, and metalworking operations. Press brakes use a mechanical force, typically provided by a hydraulic cylinder, to bend a sheet of metal between a die and a punch.


  1. Press brakes come in a variety of sizes and capacities. Small hand-operated units capable of bending small pieces of sheet metal and large, computer-controlled units capable of bending large pieces of plate steel. The size and capacity of a press brake is determined by the length of the bed and the tonnage. The length of the bed (the area where the metal is placed during bending), and the tonnage (the amount of force the press brake can exert).
  2. Press brakes can be classified into two main types: mechanical and hydraulic. Mechanical press brakes use a mechanical force, typically provided by a flywheel and gears, to bend the metal. On the other hand, hydraulic press brakes use a hydraulic cylinder to provide the necessary force. Hydraulic press brakes are more versatile and efficient than mechanical press brakes and are, therefore, more commonly used in modern manufacturing operations.
  3. Press brakes can also be classified by their control systems. Some press brakes are operated manually, with the operator adjusting the position of the die and punch manually to achieve the desired bend. Other press brakes are operated with the aid of a computer numerical control (CNC) system, which allows the operator to input the desired bend angle. The press brake automatically adjusts the position of the die and punch to achieve the desired bend. CNC press brakes are more precise and efficient than manual press brakes and are often used in high-volume manufacturing operations.

Press brakes are used in a wide variety of manufacturing operations, including the production of automotive parts, aerospace components, and industrial equipment. They are also commonly used in fabricating structural steel, such as the beams used in construction.

When using a press brake, it is important to use the correct die and punch for the material being bent and to properly align the metal being bent to ensure accurate and consistent bends. It is also important to use the appropriate safety equipment, including safety glasses and gloves, to protect the operator from flying debris and the risk of injury.


In conclusion, press brakes are versatile and efficient machine tools widely used in manufacturing operations for bending sheet and plate metal. They come in a variety of sizes and capacities and can be classified into mechanical and hydraulic types, as well as manual and CNC control. Press brakes are used in a wide range of industries, including automotive, aerospace, industrial equipment, and building construction. Proper use, selecting the right die and punch, and alignment of metal, as well as using appropriate safety equipment, are essential factors to ensure accurate and consistent bends and operator safety.

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