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How does a Slip Roller Work?

Slip roller is the user-friendly equipment that helps roll sheet steel metal into a minimum forming radius of down to 50mm (2ʺ). The slip roll is a must have piece of fabrication equipment for any serious fabricator.

So, what is ‘sheet metal’, and what are the names for sheet steel in its various thicknesses? We have covered this topic before, and if you wanted to read that article, you can find it here. However, in brief, ‘sheet metal’ can be categorised in three ways.

METAL FOIL (<0.2mm)

Metal foil is extremely thin sheets of metal that has been hammered or rolled flat. Typically, aluminium or gold, foils are usually 0.03mm in thickness. However, foil can be as thick as 0.2mm and still be considered a foil.

SHEET METAL (0.3mm – 5.9mm)

Sheet metal is any metal that is thicker than a foil, but thinner than plate. Is commonly used for lighter construction that does not require robust durability. The machine that is perfect for bending sheet metal, is called a slip roll.

PLATE METAL (6mm +)

Finally, plate steel is any sheet over 6mm in thickness. Typically used for heavy construction and robust applications, plate is used where durability is of high importance. The machine capable of bending plate is no longer a slip roll, but a plate roll.

While all three are technically metal in sheet form, only metals over 0.2mm and below 6mm are strictly ‘sheet metal’!

Slip Roller
How does a slip roller work

Slip Rolling Sheet Metal

The slip roll is a must have piece of fabrication equipment for any serious fabricator. These compact and user-friendly machines are designed to form sheet metal into curved panels or cylinders. They are built to withstand years of rolling, even at maximum capacity.

Sheet metal rollers are available as manually operated or powered. Additionally, many of them (including all DIMAKIN models) include several wire grooves for bending solid rod as an extra feature.

How does a Slip Roller Work?

Slip rollers are the user-friendly equipment that helps roll sheet steel metal into a minimum forming radius of down to 50mm (2ʺ). DIMAKIN’s manual version of this versatile and compact machine can be bench mounted, increasing their convenience. Moreover, the motor-powered machines eliminate all the backbreaking work associated with manual machines. Three precision ground and polished rollers position in such a way as to guide a curved edge into a sheet of steel when passed through.

How to Use a Slip Roller Effectively?

So how simple is it to use a DIMAKIN slip roller?

Follow this advice to ensure safe and precise rolling without any material damage. You will be an expert in no time!

  1. Adjust the tension using the front knobs.
  2. Place the sheet metal to be formed between the rollers
  3. Rotate the handle gently, or activate the motor
  4. The flat sheet metal is now rolled!

Yes, slip rolling is as simple as that. Even a beginner can easily learn the basics and work with a slip rolling machine in only a few minutes!

Enjoy our short video demonstration:

Slip Roll PR-1316M at a glance:

  • Manually operated
  • Bench or stand mounted
  • Stand comes at no extra cost
  • Three wire grooves for bending solid rod
  • High-quality high chromium machined and polished rollers
  • 1270mm rolling width
  • 1.6mm mild steel rolling capacity
  • 75mm roll diameter
  • 50mm minimum forming radius
  • 3:1 gear ratio

Slip Roll PR-1316 at a glance:

  • Motor operated
  • Maneuverable foot pedal
  • Forwards and backwards pedal controls
  • Three wire grooves for bending solid rod
  • High-quality high chromium machined and polished rollers
  • Emergency stop button
  • Limit switch emergency stop
  • Fully CE compliant
  • 1270mm rolling width
  • 1.6mm mild steel rolling capacity
  • 75mm roll diameter
  • 50mm minimum forming radius
  • 38rpm
  • 0.5 horsepower motor

Manual or Powered Slip Roller:

Do you have any questions regarding the machines above, or about any other machinery requirements? If so, feel free to call us on 02476210123 or email us on sales@dimakin.co.uk.  You can also reach an expert by clicking the live chat option at the bottom of every page!

You could have your Manual or Powered Slip Rolls tomorrow, so what are you waiting for?!


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