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Bending Thick Material

Thick materials, found in ironworking, shipyards and construction projects of all sorts, require a distinct approach when being manipulated – this isn’t sheet metal.

We cut our teeth on the sheet. We scaled up with you. Wilson Tool International is your trusted tooling partner, regardless of what you’re working on or working with. Cutting, punching, notching or bending thick material? We’ve got you covered. Wilson Tool stocks standard tooling, with specials available. As always, we can provide a custom solution, giving you a clear path to uptime.

Learn more about punching thick materials here.

Adjust Your Way to Savings

Stop wasting time and taking on the strain that comes with changing tools. Wilson Tool Adjustable Dies are a great option for bending thick materials when you need the flexibility to adjust the v-opening. Adjustable dies replace the need for multiple dies and frequent tool changes.

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How Much Will You Save?

Making a new purchase, or switching from one solution to another, often needs to be justified with hard data. Make that easier on yourself with this cost/benefit calculator. Use this tool to evaluate the cost/benefit of incorporating an adjustable die into your organization.

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Through Thick and… Thick

When you work with heavy or abrasive materials such as stainless, hardened steel or parts that are not completely de-burred, you can wear out the shoulders of a die long before the entire die is worn out. Replacing the entire die is expensive, so Wilson Tool International offers two different solutions depending upon your needs.

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Powerful Punches for Thick Material

At Wilson Tool International, we understand the challenges manufacturers face when bending heavy duty material and have a variety of press brake punch solutions to keep tool wear and changeovers to a minimum.

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End the Waste and Replace Cycle

Shipyards, ironworkers, the transportation industry – all heavy hitters requiring big bends and powerful punches. Thick gauge material is hardly a walk in the park, with tooling left to the mercy of heavy, abrasive materials that often haven’t been de-burred. Applications like this see the radius of a tool wear at a much faster rate than the punch body, causing unnecessary waste. 

Wilson Tool International offers replaceable radius punches, allowing you to only replace the worn part of the tool with a simple replacement that doesn’t require wrenches. We also offer induction-hardening treatments for our punch tips and die shoulders, offering a bolstered-shield for your tooling.

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Strategies for Thick Plate Efficiency

Thick plate has inherent problems: it’s heavy, bulky and all-around labor intensive. There are a few measures operators can take when trying to improve thick plate throughput. This article discusses the benefits of forming on a press brake, adjustable v-dies, employing extraction systems and much more.

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Bending Considerations for Bending Thick Material

Thick material bending requires specific considerations: application specific tonnage calculations, precise adjustments to the punch or insert size, the right steel-bolstering coating for the job… all result in a streamlining effect in the shop. This article gets specific on what to consider when bending thick materials.

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