Curved tubing is becoming increasingly popular in building design, and the introduction of a new grade of tubing may increase its usefulness.
As you know, HSS refers to hollow structural sections – round, square and rectangular. A new HSS specification, ASTM A1085, was announced at the North American Steel Construction Conference (NASCC) in St. Louis on April . . . → Read More: Curving a New Grade of Tubing: A1085
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
Designers of light fixtures turn to companies specializing in bending aluminum tubing to manufacture their products. But bending aluminum is not always easy: it can deform or even crack in the bending process. With the right tooling, machine and machine operator, however, aluminum tubing can even be formed into a helix with no or minimal distortion.
In . . . → Read More: Bending Aluminum Tubing Helically for Light Sculptures
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
During this recession, we have repeatedly heard that because of the limited amount of work available, steel fabricators, whether structural or ornamental, are bidding on work they normally would not do. For one ornamental fabricator that meant fabricating a circular staircase for the first time.
Most fabricators turn to companies who specialize in curving steel to purchase . . . → Read More: A Miscellaneous and Ornamental Metal Fabricator Tackles a Circular Staircase
Curtain wall systems cover the outer walls of buildings but are not structural. They keep out the weather. Since they are not structural, they can save construction costs. Curtain wall systems can incorporate curved steel to create curved curtain walls.
For example, the Sprint Arena in Kansas City, Missouri, has an elaborate curtain wall system that curves . . . → Read More: Bending Tubing and Pipe for Curved Curtain Wall
A common use for curved structural steel is for canopies at the entrance to buildings. Using curved steel such as rectangular or square tubes can provide an aesthetically pleasing look in addition to functionality.
Creating a similar structure out of straight sections may require additional welding and trim time. Consequently, the additional rolling costs of using curved . . . → Read More: Bending Steel Tubes for Canopies: Functional Aesthetics
When materials are rather expensive, like stainless steel rectangular tubes, it is often beneficial to the customer to try to utilize each length most efficiently. It is well known throughout the industry that the roller bending process requires extra length on both ends of a rolled member. This length is used in order for the machine . . . → Read More: Rolling Tubing and Saving Stainless Steel: 2 from 1
A customer who prides himself as a provider of technology-based solutions called while working on a design. He required bending a 3 x 3 stainless steel tube to serve two purposes: as a frame for a tunnel and as a ducting system to convey fluids. The tunnel is 14ft wide and 70ft long. It covers a conveyor which . . . → Read More: Stainless Steel Tube Bending for the Food Industry
Engineers are constantly striving to improve their designs and this is true for those who design antennas.
The requirement: 3 segments of 16 x 8 x 0.375 rectangular tube curved the hard way (i.e. x-x axis) to a 63ft 7.89in inside radius with 30ft of outside arc.
The application: curved tubes to support a dish for a prototype . . . → Read More: Bending Rectangular Tubing for a New Antenna Design