Category: Special Bending


Frequently in the steel bending and fabrication industries, our work focuses on the somewhat austere nature of steel.  Even though it is curved, steel still maintains a sturdy, rigid aspect.  The solid nature of the metal is a defining characteristic Read more…

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A few weeks ago, a few of us headed to South Carolina to represent Chicago Metal Rolled at NOMMA’s Annual METALfab event. NOMMA, the National Ornamental and Miscellaneous Metals Association, is the trade association for the ornamental and miscellaneous metalworking Read more…

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Custom spiral staircases are something gives a unique “twist” to any structure.  Spiral staircases are not only used to give an aesthetically pleasing look for decorative staircases but also for practical space conserving designs. Although there are turnkey bought off Read more…

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A bollard is one or a series of posts that prevents vehicles from entering certain areas. A bollard can come in many different styles depending on its usage and/or the customer’s preference.  One of the most common curved bollard shapes Read more…

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Discussed in a previous blog from last year, an Ohio state park committee was seeking curved steel 20×4 tube stringers for a monumental outdoor stairway.  The problem the committee ran into was that the size tubing the design team had Read more…

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Many companies are finding new uses for the helical bending of steel pipe or tubes.  Pipe and tubing can be extremely functional in applications which need a helical curve, though rolling pipe helically presents several challenges. Perhaps the most common Read more…

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A helical strake is a spiraling strip often designed by engineers to give structural support to large metal cylinders such as smoke stacks. The process to make the strakes requires an initial set up of dies and tooling to roll Read more…

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Often, in the rolling and bending industry, we field requests asking about the minimum radius to which we can roll or bend a piece.  In some instances, an estimator can quickly say yes or no based on prior knowledge and Read more…

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A state park committee in Logan, Ohio, had a vision of a monumental tube-steel, circular stair way with an intermediate platform for viewing one of their many spectacular waterfalls. They wanted to use self-weathering steel for its aesthetic and sustainable Read more…

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What can a community or chamber of commerce do to beautify a viaduct when it runs under a railroad line?  Not much.  The crumbling faces can rarely be modified because they are owned by the railroad.  Don’t even think about Read more…

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