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Metal Bending Experts

Apolo Manufacturing prides itself on being one of the most diverse process-capable, full-system metal product fabricators within our industry.

Sheet Metal Bending


Apolo Manufacturing is renowned for its sheet metal bending and sheet metal forming because of our experience and the way we apply that experience to modern engineering problems. Within our state-of-the-art 40,000 square foot facility, we have all the sheet metal bending and sheet metal forming capabilities that our clients need for their applications.

We are committed to producing high quality parts in a timely fashion, and specialize in a variety of bending techniques which may be done in punch press or hydraulic press or on custom built equipment utilizing hydraulic pumps.


In addition to structural steel forming, we provide other metal bending services, such as pipe bending and square tube bending. Our capabilities in this area are honed from over three decades of experience. Call Apolo Manufacturing today to see why our metal bending services are a cut above the rest!


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Apolo Manufacturing has redefined the Art of Metal Working. Apolo is renowned for our expertise in all of our chosen types of metal working. Our customers rely on our ability to manufacture high quality, close tolerance parts and ship on-time at a competitive price.

 

While our specialty is aluminum, we work with many different metals. Because we work closely with the aluminum extrusion mills, we are able to offer “one-stop-shopping” for all of your aluminum parts. We offer years of expertise in machining, stamping, welding, fastening as well as metallurgy, tooling and equipment design & metal finishing.

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Apolo Manufacturing - Metal Fabrication | Tool & Die and Aluminum Extrusion Services

Welcome to Apolo Manufacturing

Metal Fabrication | Tool & Die

Apolo Tool has redefined the Art of Metal Working. Apolo is renowned for our expertise in all of our chosen types of metal working. Our customers rely on our ability to manufacture high quality, close tolerance parts and ship on-time, on-budget and at a competitive price.


Metal Bending & Metal Rolling Processes

Apolo Manufacturing is able to expertly handle every aspect of the fabricated metal product manufacturing process. By working closely with our customers, we are able to walk them through every step of the creation of their fabricated metal product from the initial conception and design, through to production, assembly and final shipment.

 

Our diverse array of metal fabrication processes, coupled with a highly-trained team of experienced and knowledgeable metal fabricators allow us to handle every aspect of your fabricated metal product's creation from start to finish, relieving the need for multiple providers. Our goal is to provide our customers with a single source for all of their metalworking needs.


Our dedication to continuous improvement throughout the years has expanded our metal forming capabilities. Apolo Manufacturing can provide everything from small volume and prototype fabrication to mass production.


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Sheet Metal Bending - Manufacturing Processes

  • Air Bending - This bending method forms material by pressing a punch (also called the upper or top die) into the material, forcing it into a bottom V-die, which is mounted on the press.
  • Bottoming - In bottoming, the sheet is forced against the V opening in the bottom tool. U-shaped openings cannot be used. Space is left between the sheet and the bottom of the V opening.
  • Coining - In coining, the top tool forces the material into the bottom die with 5 to 30 times the force of air bending, causing permanent deformation through the sheet.
  • Three-point bending - Three-point bending is a newer process that uses a die with an adjustable-height bottom tool, moved by a servo motor.
    Learn more about bending techniques here...

Since the beginning, Apolo has established a reputation as a manufacturer of high-quality, close tolerance parts. While our specialty is aluminum, we are experienced in copper, stainless and other steels. Our production capabilities include precision cutting, machining, stamping, welding, fastening and assembly as well as tooling & equipment design.

Sheet Metal Fabrication Bending & Rolling Processes

Air bending
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Coining
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Three-point bending
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Folding
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Wiping
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Rotary Bending
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Roll Bending
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Elastomer Bending
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Joggling

Air bending
This bending method forms material by pressing a punch (also called the upper or top die) into the material, forcing it into a bottom V-die, which is mounted on the press. The punch forms the bend so that the distance between the punch and the side wall of the V is greater than the material thickness (T). Either a V-shaped or square opening may be used in the bottom die (dies are frequently referred to as tools or tooling). A set of top and bottom dies are made for each product or part produced on the press. Because it requires less bend force, air bending tends to use smaller tools than other methods.
Some of the newer bottom tools are adjustable, so, by using a single set of top and bottom tools and varying press-stroke depth, different profiles and products can be produced. Different materials and thicknesses can be bent in varying bend angles, adding the advantage of flexibility to air bending. There are also fewer tool changes, thus, higher productivity.
Air bending's angle accuracy is approximately ±0.5 deg. Angle accuracy is ensured by applying a value to the width of the V opening, ranging from 6 T (six times material thickness) for sheets to 3 mm thick to 12 T for sheets more than 10 mm thick. Spring back depends on material properties, influencing the resulting bend angle.
Depending on material properties, the sheet may be overbended to compensate for springback. Air bending does not require the bottom tool to have the same radius as the punch. Bend radius is determined by material elasticity rather than tool shape. The flexibility and relatively low tonnage required by air bending are helping to make it a popular choice. Quality problems associated with this method are countered by angle-measuring systems, clamps and crowning systems adjustable along the x and y axes, and wear-resistant tools.

Bottoming
In bottoming, the sheet is forced against the V opening in the bottom tool. U-shaped openings cannot be used. Space is left between the sheet and the bottom of the V opening. The optimum width of the V opening is 6 T (T stands for material thickness) for sheets about 3 mm thick, up to about 12 T for 12 mm thick sheets. The bending radius must be at least 0.8 T to 2 T for sheet steel. Larger bend radius require about the same force as larger radii in air bending, however, smaller radii require greater force—up to five times as much—than air bending. Advantages of bottoming include greater accuracy and less springback. A disadvantage is that a different tool set is needed for each bend angle, sheet thickness, and material. In general, air bending is the preferred technique.

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Coining
In coining, the top tool forces the material into the bottom die with 5 to 30 times the force of air bending, causing permanent deformation through the sheet. There is little, if any, spring back. Coining can produce an inside radius is as low as 0.4 T, with a 5 T width of the V opening. While coining can attain high precision, higher costs mean that it is not often used.

Three-point bending
Three-point bending is a newer process that uses a die with an adjustable-height bottom tool, moved by a servo motor. The height can be set within 0.01 mm. Adjustments between the ram and the upper tool are made using a hydraulic cushion, which accommodates deviations in sheet thickness. Three-point bending can achieve bend angles with 0.25 deg. precision. While three-point bending permits high flexibility and precision, it also entails high costs and there are fewer tools readily available. It is being used mostly in high-value niche markets.

Folding
In folding, clamping beams hold the longer side of the sheet. The beam rises and folds the sheet around a bend profile. The bend beam can move the sheet up or down, permitting the fabricating of parts with positive and negative bend angles. The resulting bend angle is influenced by the folding angle of the beam, tool geometry, and material properties. Large sheets can be handled in this process, making the operation easily automated. There is little risk of surface damage to the sheet.

Wiping
In wiping, the longest end of the sheet is clamped, then the tool moves up and down, bending the sheet around the bend profile. Though faster than folding, wiping has a higher risk of producing scratches or otherwise damaging the sheet, because the tool is moving over the sheet surface. The risk increases if sharp angles are being produced. Wiping on press brakes involves special tools.
This method will typically bottom or coin the material to set the edge to help overcome springback. In this bending method, the radius of the bottom die determines the final bending radius. Manual setup.

Rotary bending
Rotary bending is similar to wiping but the top die is made of a freely rotating cylinder with the final formed shape cut into it and a matching bottom die. On contact with the sheet, the roll contacts on two points and it rotates as the forming process bends the sheet. This bending method is typically considered a "non-marking" forming process suitable to pre-painted or easily marred surfaces. This bending process can produce angles greater than 90° in a single hit on standard press brakes or flat presses.

Roll bending
The roll bending process induces a curve into bar or plate work pieces. There should be proper pre-punching allowance. A Roll bender is a mechanical jig having three rollers used to form a metal bar into a circular arc. The rollers freely rotate about three parallel axes, which are arranged with uniform horizontal spacing. Two outer rollers, usually immobile, cradle the bottom of the material while the inner roller, whose position is adjustable, presses on the topside of the material.

Elastomer bending
In this method, the bottom V-die is replaced by a flat pad of urethane or rubber. As the punch forms the part, the urethane deflects and allows the material to form around the punch. This bending method has a number of advantages. The urethane will wrap the material around the punch and the end bend radius will be very close to the actual radius on the punch. It provides a non-marring bend and is suitable for pre-painted or sensitive materials. Using a special punch called a radius ruler with relieved areas on the urethane U-bends greater than 180° can be achieved in one hit, something that is not possible with conventional press tooling.

Joggling
Joggling, also known as joggle bending, is an offset bending process in which the two opposite bends are each less than 90° (see following section for how bend angle is measured), and are separated by a neutral web so that the offset (in the usual case where the opposite bends are equal in angle) is less than 5 work piece thicknesses.[5] Often the offset will be one work piece thickness, in order to allow a lap joint which is smooth on the 'show-face''

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Apolo Manufacturing - Parts Production

Major Programs - Automotive

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  • Chyrsler-Town and Country
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Apolo Manufacturing produces parts for some of the World's most prestigious Automobile Companies such as Ford, Daimler Chrysler, General Motors, Honda, Tesla and others. We are proud to be involved in the design, manufacturing, production, assembly and shipment of parts for vehicles such as the Honda Accura NSX, Lincoln Navigator, Chrysler Town & Country, Chevrolet Camaro, Chevrolet Volt, Dodge Viper, Cadillac Escalade, Cadillac ATS, GMC Colorado, the innovative new Tesla lineup and the tried and true classic Ford F150.

 

To learn how we can help move your parts productions forward in style, please feel free to contact one of our engineers today for more information!

Apolo Manufacturing Metal Fabrication Capabilities

Robotics Stamping / Piercing Precision Machining Bending Parts Deburring Assembly Welding

ISO Certifications / Accreditations / Mission Statement

Metal Fabrication | Tool & Die | Aluminum Extrusion | ISO/TS 16949 Certification Metal Fabrication | Tool & Die | Aluminum Extrusion | ISO 9001 Certification Metal Fabrication | Tool & Die | Aluminum Extrusion | Capabilities PDF .pdf

ISO (International Organization for Standardization) is an independent, non-governmental membership organization and the world's largest developer of voluntary International Standards.
We are made up of our 163 member countries who are the national standards bodies around the world, with a Central Secretariat that is based in Geneva, Switzerland.
Learn more about our structure and how we are governed.

What are standards?

International Standards make things work. They give world-class specifications for products, services and systems, to ensure quality, safety and efficiency. They are instrumental in facilitating international trade.
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Reference Documents / Resource Material / Industry Standards

The Aluminum Association
Aluminum Extruders Council
ASTM International
Information Handling Services
finishing.com
Industrial Press
Tooling U-SME
Canadian Welding Bureau


Let us work with your project manager and engineers to develop a manufacturing process for your parts that will render consistently high quality at a reasonable price. Whether you require big runs or small, Apolo will help you find ways to increase value and decrease costs.