As far back as I can remember, I have been intrigued by the lights and sounds of live theater. Both onstage and off, the environment within a theater captures a great deal of fluid and dynamic motion. Naturally, we frequently see the use of curves within a theater to assist the experience. Seats are arranged in . . . → Read More: Tube and Pipe Bending for the Performing Arts
Generated by strong spectator enthusiasm and wearing nothing but a sleeved protective garment referred to as a Xystis, the chariot racers of yesteryear rarely thought about safety, even when death loomed from fractured necks, spines and craniums, as a result of roll-over crashes.
Fast forward to post World War II years, to an abandoned Southern California . . . → Read More: Curved Pipe in the Evolution of Racing Protection
Some structural steel fabrication drawings have material specifications that are probably incorrect. For example, many architects and engineers mistakenly detail their drawings calling for the use of pipe with an A53 vs. A500 grade specification in their bill of material.
A500 pipe is normally used in structural applications and general construction. It should be used for curved . . . → Read More: Bending ASTM A53 vs. A500 Steel Pipe
I am starting to see charging stations for electric cars. A neighbor who is fortunate to own two electric cars manufactured by Tesla has his charging station in his garage. However, if he wants to travel between cities along well-traveled highways in North America, Tesla “superchargers” allow him to travel for free. 86 stations are strategically . . . → Read More: Curving Pipe for Electric Cars
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