What is Tube Bending?

Let’s dive into the nitty gritty. What is tube bending? How does it work? Who can do it? How long does it take?

The actual definition for tube bending is as follows; “Tube bending is the umbrella term for metal forming processes used to permanently form pipes or tubing. One has to differentiate between form-bound and freeform-bending procedures, as well as between heat supported and cold forming procedures.” This is the scientific definition, however, here at TBS, we like to think of tube bending as an art form. One misconception that people may have is that tube bending is a fairly quick and simple process. This could not be farther from the truth. There are many “tools” and honed skills that need to be used in order to bend a tube properly.

To take this a step further, each type and size of tubing needs to have a specific set of tooling that goes along with it. Now, you may be asking yourself, what is tooling?? Tooling is the term we use for the different tools that are needed in order to make sure that tube does not break, dent, and bends to the correct specifications. Tooling can include; mandrels, wiper dies, dies, etc.

One of the reasons that TBS has been able to stay in business since 1989 is because of the extensive tooling inventory that we carry. Having this extensive inventory, not only is an advantage for us when completing these jobs but is also a huge money saver for our customers. One piece of tooling can cost anywhere from $250 to $6000, so us having them ready to use for our customers, along with our experienced bending staff, can make a big difference!