Rod Bending

Metal rod can be bent with an additively manufactured tool which is strong enough to make the bend, soft enough not to mark the part and faster to manufacture than a standard steel tool. Sets are able to be configured to bend a single rod or ganged to create multiple rods at once, or grid patterns.

Rod bending applications use an additively manufactured press brake tool consisting of a carbon fiber reinforced lower die with urethane coated bearing. This configuration allows for the needed strength required to make the bend and is made of a material that will not mark the part as is common with standard steel tools. The punch is also carbon fiber reinforced and is inserted into an aluminum holder.

Additively Manufactured Tooling

Bend3D®, is Wilson Tool’s made-to-order press brake tooling manufactured through 3D Printing. Tools are created using a computer-generated file and printed on one of our various machines. Our engineers determine the best tool design, style of printing and material in order to ensure the quality of the tool meets customers’ expectations.

Bend3D tools are best suited for prototype applications and low run jobs (<1,000 hits) in materials similar to 14-gauge cold rolled or less. These tools provide quick lead-times, versus several weeks for a standard steel tool. Depending on the application, Bend3D tooling may require the use of a reusable holder from Wilson Tool.

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Rod Bending in Press Brake
Bend3D® Rod Bend Application
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