What is Freeform Bending

Ideal for Product Design and Development
Freeform bending uses one set of tooling to bend variable/multiple radii. Normally pipe and tube bending requires a bend die, a clamp die and a pressure die; with freeform bending the material is continuously guided through the machine using one... read more
 

The Facts About Mandrels

Learn about different types of mandrels and why they are used
Most tube and pipe bending is done using a mandrel, an aluminum-bronze alloy or solid steel insert that supports the pipe or tube while it is being bent. This common technique keeps the tube from collapsing, flattening or wrinkling during the... read more
 

California Sculptor Completes Commissioned Piece

Stainless steel tubes used in Chicago project

Sharpe Products customer, Loren Madsen, is a sculptor based out of California and was commissioned by the City of Chicago for a project to depict the falling crime rates within the city. The sculpture Loren designed is made up of 8, 4 inch O.D., 11 Gage stainless steel tubes bent on a 6 inch centerline radius. The finished piece chronicles crime rates in eight categories over 30 years and each tube is an abstraction of those categories. The sculpture stands in front of a police station and jail within the City of Chicago. To see more of Loren Madsen’s work visit www.lorenmadsen.com.

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