Monthly Archives: August 2015

Press Brakes vs CNC folders

Press Brakes vs CNC folders Like press brakes, CNC folders are also used for the bending of sheet metal. Although all of the forming that these machines perform can be done in a press brake, a folder makes the process much simpler for specific applications like panels, boxes or pans, flashing, etc.  The typical application for a folder is most times limited to thinner materials. The folder clamps or pinches material between an upper nose bar which can either be a solid bar or segmented fingers. Once clamped, the lower “beam” swings upward folding the material along the length of the part Read More...

Eliminate marking prepainted, stainless or aluminum material when bending!

No-Mar Press Brake Die Film eliminates die marking and labour intensive polishing and finishing costs.  Empire’s urethane No Mar Film is most often used for bending aluminum, pre-painted metals and stainless steel. All you have to do is: Cut the No Mar Film to the required length. Tape or clamp the No Mar Film over the top of your bottom die (duct tape is most often used). Bend your material as you normally would. The No Mar Film prevents the part from touching the die—eliminating any potential die marks! The tough urethane film can be used over and over! The actual number of cycles and Read More...