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Old 04-23-2012, 08:49 AM   #1
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Radius bends in sheet aluminum

Anyone have an easy way to do 1/2" radius bends in sheet aluminum without heavy equipment? I have a regular 30-inch metal brake, but it only does 90 degree bends with little radius and while I could probably take it to a machine shot and have them do it on a radius press, I'd prefer to comeup with a way myself due to timing and the need to do multiply parts.

I obviously would need a super rigid platform to start with and am wondering if I used the 4x4 post on my deck, with a 2x4 with a 1/2 round screwed into the end clamped together if I could bend my sheets using body weight... but it sounds tough considering I am using .125 and .9 thick sheets
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Old 04-23-2012, 09:09 AM   #2
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How big of a sheet of aluminum? How perfect does it have to be?
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I'm using a 12 x 48 inch peice to get the outside walls of my case, so will be roughly 24inchs on the bottom, with two 1/2" radius bends at 90 degrees and another 11 inches on the other end of the bend. So will be bending twice.

l__l - shaped like this, but a nice radius bend

I could go to a machine shop I am sure, but I'd like to do it myself incase I mess something up when I am working with the panels and have to redue these peices multipy times. I am also layering my aluminum and will need several peices of similar shape.

I have not committed to thickness of material yet, but would like to keep it at between .125 and .09 " thick since it will be a structural part

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Here is basically what I am doing, its not exactly to scale and I think a 1" radius might actually look better.



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Old 04-23-2012, 02:56 PM   #4
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im not to sure the aluminum is going to bend seem to me it would break before it will bend but if you can get it bent get it right the first time or it will break trying to rebend it
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I've been bending aluminum for years, no problem. BUt using a regular metal brake and at 90 degrees. A radius bend is supposdly easier on the material and less likely to break as to what I have been doing, but I just don't have the equipment and am looking for a DIY
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