Bending Metal with a Press Brake Machine

What is a Press Brake Machine?

A press brake machine is a machine that can be used to bend metal to precise angles or designated shapes. Many industries, from car and truck parts to aerospace and construction manufacturing, utilize press brake machines for their metal needs.

How Does It Work?

Press brake machines use mechanical force to bend metal. This is performed by two matching tools, called punches and dies, that come together and use pressure to press the metal against a v-shaped die. It is an efficient and cost-effective way to shape metal and allows factories to mass produce components quickly and properly.

Types of Press Brake Machines

Press brake machines come in a variety of shapes and sizes, designed to accommodate different metal thicknesses and bending angles. Here are the main types:

  • Mechanical press brakes – These machines use a lever and crank mechanism to apply force to the metal.
  • Hydraulic press brakes – These machines use oil or water pressure to apply force to the metal.
  • Servo-electric press brakes – These machines are sophisticated and are controlled by computers. This allows for precise control, accuracy and the ability to save settings for repeat jobs.

Benefits of Press Brake Machines

Beyond being efficient and cost-effective, press brake machines have many benefits.

  • Safety – Safety is greatly improved using press brake machines, as human error and manual labor is no longer a factor.
  • Higher Output – The speed and accuracy of press brake machines make them the ideal choice for large, high-volume runs.
  • Consistency – Press brake machines are able to consistently bend metal to the same angle, time and time again.


Press brake machines are an invaluable asset for a variety of industries, from automotive to aerospace. Their ability to bend metal consistently and accurately improves safety, output, and cost-effectiveness.

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