We provide tube bending of round, square and rectangular tubing. Everything else being equal, the easiest HSS (hollow structural sections) to bend would be round tubing because its uniform shape fits tightly and neatly into well-designed tooling. Square and rectangular tubing are more difficult to bend but can be curved to tight radii without distortion even with a thin wall. It is usually the case that tube bending can be more easily performed with a thicker rather than a thinner wall. Most difficult tube bending processes are rectangular sections with thin walls bent the “easy way” (y-y axis). Ironically, “hard way” tubes (x-x axis) are actually easier to bend than easy way tubes. Chicago Metal Rolled Products has developed technology to bend the most difficult materials without distortion, with minimum pick-up to the tightest radii with the thinnest walls. Contact us for expert advice on any project that might require bent tubing.
Aluminum tube bending as well as bending stainless steel tubing can be done.
Tube bending takes on a number of forms: seamless (e.g. A106), DOM (drawn over mandrel), and ERW (electrical resistance welding, e.g. A500 B/C)
In addition to steel tube bending, we also provide ancillary services including but not limited to saw cutting, mitering, beveling, welding, drilling, and grinding. In some cases, special cut outs or holes can be put in before the bending process; in other cases, special cut outs or holes have to be put in after the bending process. And sometimes a combination of methods is required. Chicago Metal Rolled Products has hundreds of machines and dozens of skilled craftsmen to perform fabrication beyond bending tubing.
Products made through the tube bending process are used in just about every industry. Agricultural and construction equipment manufacturers use these sections for tongue tubes, for roll-over protection (ROPS), for framing, for discharge chutes, and for tank supports—to name just a few applications. Aluminum tube bending of round tubing is often used in displays and exhibits. Chicago Metal bends more tubing than any other structural section.
Tubing is also becoming increasingly popular in construction in roof trusses, canopies, balconies, and many other applications.