sheet metal bending

We now offer both laser cutting and sheet metal bending under one roof at our Essex production site. We process one-off, batch and bulk laser cutting and sheet metal bending orders.

Bending Sheet Metal

We now offer both laser cutting and sheet metal bending under one roof at our Essex production site. We process one-off, batch and bulk laser cutting and sheet metal bending orders.

Bending Laser Cut Components

Combining laser cutting with folding on our press brake offers a comprehensive solution for efficient and precise manufacturing processes. We have the capability of creating multiple folds, transforming a flat sheet metal into complex forms with excellent lead times, at competitive prices.

Placing an Order

To place an order, you will need to provide the following:
For 2D and 3D files

  • Material
  • Thickness
  • Quantity
  • Is the part under 3 metres?
  • Is a PDF available? Preferably with a 3D image of the folded part that is dimensioned.

For 2D files, we need some additional information:

  • Bend angle – is it up or down?
  • Inner radius
  • Bend line position dimensioned

File types we accept

We have the capability to natively read and utilise the majority of 3D CAD files in order to create our customers’ parts. By employing 3D CAD files, we can guarantee that the parts we manufacture will precisely match the customers’ finished product as depicted in their 3D files.

3D File Import Extension(s) Version(s)
Acis .sat R1 to 2023 1.0
Catia V4 .model .exp 4.1.9 to 4.2.4
Catia V5 .CATPart .CATProduct V5R8 to V5-6 R2023
3DExperience .CATPart .CATProduct Up to V6 R2023x *
ProE / Creo .prt .asm 16 to Creo 9.0
IGES .igs .iges Up to 5.3
Inventor .ipt .iam V6 to V2023
JT .jt 8.x 9.x 10 10.2/3/5/6/7
Parasolid .x_t .xml_txt 9 to 35.0.X
Siemens NX .prt NX 1 to NX 2212
Solid Edge .par .asm .psm V18 to SE2023
Solidworks .sldprt .sldasm 2003 to 2023
STEP .stp .step 203, 214, 242

Bending Laser Cut Components

Combining laser cutting with folding on our press brake offers a comprehensive solution for efficient and precise manufacturing processes. We have the capability of creating multiple folds, transforming a flat sheet metal into complex forms with excellent lead times, at competitive prices.

Placing an Order

To place an order, you will need to provide the following:
For 2D and 3D files

  • Material
  • Thickness
  • Quantity
  • Is the part under 3 metres?
  • Is a PDF available? Preferably with a 3D image of the folded part that is dimensioned.

For 2D files, we need some additional information:

  • Bend angle – is it up or down?
  • Inner radius
  • Bend line position dimensioned

File types we accept:

We have the capability to natively read and utilise the majority of 3D CAD files in order to create our customers’ parts. By employing 3D CAD files, we can guarantee that the parts we manufacture will precisely match the customers’ finished product as depicted in their 3D files.

3D File Import Extension(s) Version(s)
Acis .sat R1 to 2023 1.0
Catia V4 .model .exp 4.1.9 to 4.2.4
Catia V5 .CATPart .CATProduct V5R8 to V5-6 R2023
3DExperience .CATPart .CATProduct Up to V6 R2023x *
ProE / Creo .prt .asm 16 to Creo 9.0
IGES .igs .iges Up to 5.3
Inventor .ipt .iam V6 to V2023
JT .jt 8.x 9.x 10 10.2/3/5/6/7
Parasolid .x_t .xml_txt 9 to 35.0.X
Siemens NX .prt NX 1 to NX 2212
Solid Edge .par .asm .psm V18 to SE2023
Solidworks .sldprt .sldasm 2003 to 2023
STEP .stp .step 203, 214, 242

What materials can we bend?

Thicknesses: The range of material thickness we can fold are between 0.5mm to 20mm however, the fold suitability is entirely dependent on the design, the radius of the bend and length of the part.

We can bend an array of materials including:

  • CR4
  • Zintec
  • Galvanised Steel
  • S275
  • Aluminium
  • Stainless Steel
Bystronic Xpert Pro press brake - sheet metal bending

Our Sheet Metal Bending Technology

Bystronic Xpert Pro 100 Tonne, 3 Metre Press brake

Technical Specifications:

  • Pressing Force: 100 tonnes
  • Folding Length: 3 metres
  • Distance Between Side Frames: Specifically optimised for 3-metre length
  • Stroke: Adjustable, with settings for diverse material thicknesses
  • Operational Speed: Calibrated for rapid yet precise bends

Key Features

  • Bending Length: The 3-metre bending length accommodates larger sheets, making it ideal for various industrial applications, from automotive panels to aerospace components.
  • Dynamic Crowning: With this technology, even force distribution across the 3-metre length is guaranteed. The result is uniform bends, reduced tool wear, and enhanced productivity.
  • LAMS (Lower Automatic Measuring System): LAMS continuously monitors the folded angle, making real-time adjustments, thus ensuring the perfect bend angle from start to finish.
  • User-Centric Control System: The machine features an intuitive control interface with 3D visualisation. This allows operators to preview bends, reduce potential errors, and enhance overall productivity.
  • Safety First: Bystronic integrates top-tier safety mechanisms ensuring that the operator is always protected without any compromise on the machine’s operational speed.
  • Durable and Robust: The Xpert Pro’s design is a testament to durability. It promises consistent performance and minimal maintenance over its operational lifespan.
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Benefits of using a press brake on laser cut components

  1. Precision and Accuracy: Laser cutting provides incredibly precise and accurate cuts, and when you fold the metal, you maintain that precision in the bending process. This ensures that the final components meet tight tolerances and specifications.
  2. Complex Geometries: Laser cutting allows for the creation of intricate and complex shapes in sheet metal. Bending sheet metal enables the transformation of flat sheets into three-dimensional components without compromising the intricacy of the design.
  3. High Productivity: Combining laser cutting with bending on the same site streamlines the production process, reducing the need for several suppliers, and reduces the lead time.
  4. Cost-Effectiveness: By utilising mass production techniques, the cost per unit of laser cutting and bending sheet metal can be significantly reduced. Bulk material purchasing, streamlined manufacturing processes, and minimised setup and tooling costs contribute to overall cost savings, making it an economically viable option for large volume production.

Fast Quotes

Accurate price, reliable lead time, no hidden extras

We aim to answer quotes sent between 7.30am and 4.00pm within one hour. Outside these hours we will respond the next working morning. We accept DXF, DWG and NC files, please send information about which material, thickness and quantities you require.

Call our sales team on 01376 327 182