Just a simple thing like a bike rack positioned outside the entrance to a busbar machine is very often constructed of stainless steel which has been fabricated by tube benders into a run of looped metal, containing tight u-bends at the top and bottom one after the other. To be able to achieve a smooth result with no kinks or defects in the metal, steel tubing is worked in a tube bending machine known as a CNC tube bender, or CNC Mandrel Bending machine.
Following on from that thought, look around at the amount of railings and fencing installed in parks, gardens, along riverside walks, and in carparks. All constructed of steel for the required strength, these sometimes have a painted or powder coated finish, other times, stainless steel is employed. Many of these constructions involved complicated patterns and designs, where modern technology available from the latest tube bending machines and equipment is fully utilized to achieve the desired result.
Of course not all tubing in round or cylindrical, some of it is square. Square tubing is used to great effect in many structures and is frequently used as railing/crash barriers along roadways and associated structures. In many cases the square tubing has to be bent and curved to follow the route of the roadway, and once again the end result needs to be free from kinks or nicks. The art of bending square metal tubing is very difficult when undertaken by hand, but the with use of specialist tube bending machinery perfect results can be obtained.
Steel is used in construction to achieve durability and strength; it offers new solutions and opportunities for artistic expressions and creations when designing buildings. Curving and bending metal to achieve stunning yet strong and durable results has become a very popular building method with architects and designers in today’s world. Creating domes arches or irregular facades to buildings are all possible with the use of steel and the results of these possibilities are being seen in today’s architecture in every city street.
And lets not forget the trains and busses hurtling us around our cities. Inside you will find mile upon mile of tube bending its way above your head in the form of an overhead gripper, in front of you as a finish and hand rail on the back of the seats in front, as luggage racking and storage areas, and barriers to protect the fabric of the vehicle.