One of the most versatile and common methods to bend pipe and tube is rotary draw bending. The radius of such bends is often described as, for example, “2D.” A 2D bend is one whose center-line radius is equal to two times the outside diameter of the pipe to be bent.
Rotary draw bending involves clamping on . . . → Read More: Rotary Draw Bending
Many structures whose external shape indicates the purpose of the interior achieve this effect by incorporating curved steel in their design.
For example, curved steel helped create the Anderson Abruzzo International Balloon Museum in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
The shape of the building mimics a hot air balloon’s shape.
Chicago Metal Rolled Products curved both 4in and 8in . . . → Read More: Buildings Whose Exterior Shape Tells You What’s Inside
A supervisor at ArcelorMittal wanted to keep its 40,000lb coils of steel from rolling when set on the ground. He welded lengths of pipe to a steel plate but found that approach to be unsatisfactory. After talking to us, one of our estimators suggested that perhaps half pipe would do the job. The supervisor agreed. Consequently, . . . → Read More: Splitting Steel Pipe and Then Curving or Straightening the Half Pipe
Companies that specialize in pipe and tube bending usually develop a customer base that spans many industries. Having such a diverse and widespread customer base allows them to grow without suffering the business cycles that occur in various industries: when one industry is down, another is often up.
We have seen a number of inquiries for pipe . . . → Read More: Tube and Pipe Benders Make Davits
When it comes to creating large, metal sculptures, artists are also artisans: they design and then create their sculptures by cutting, welding, and assembling metal including mild steel, stainless steel and aluminum. Those of us in the metal bending business are periodically visited by these artists who are looking for curved metal shapes to match their . . . → Read More: Curving Steel to Go With the Flow
Monumental, public works of art have, of course, been created since the dawn of time. Think Stonehenge. Today we see numerous works of public art created out of every conceivable type of material: steel, plastic, stone, wood and various kinds of recycled materials. Those of us who work with metal can especially appreciate the impressive work . . . → Read More: How Curved Steel Contributes to Public Art
The requirement: Helically bending 5″ Schedule40 pipe with both variable pitch and variable radius.
The application: a sculpture commissioned for the FireKeepers Casino.
When FireKeepers Casino announced that they would add an onsite hotel, making their already luxurious gambling facility into a casino/hotel resort, they turned to Hotel|Casino|Resort design specialists, Thalden, Boyd & Emery Architects. Thalden, Boyd & . . . → Read More: Brightening the Entrance of FireKeepers Casino Hotel with Helical Pipe Bending
The process of Rotary Draw Bending allows for pipe or tube to be curved to tight radii with minimal distortion. This is a process most commonly used in bends on piping or tubing for the process piping industry. The most common radii specified in designs are 1D, 2D, & 3D which describe the radius of the . . . → Read More: Rotary Draw Bending of Pipe or Tube with Substituted Design Radii
Within industry, when one thinks about bending aluminum for process piping, one usually thinks of bending round tubing or pipe most often through rotary draw bending. A pipe or round tube is formed around a die which matches the outside diameter of the pipe and the desired radius. Pipe bends up to 180 degrees can be . . . → Read More: Aluminum Bending for Process Piping
Stainless steel metal sculptor Mike Helbing – like many artists before him – turned to a company that specializes in the bending of pipes to curve 1 1/2″, 2″ and 3″ schedule 40 stainless steel pipe to create a beautiful wave. This is a dry sculpture for now, but it will eventually become a flowing fountain. The wave . . . → Read More: Curving Stainless Steel Pipe to Make Waves in the Art Community