Slip Rolls are a great way to bend various radii into large pieces of sheet metal.
So, you need to bend a radius into sheet metal? The machine you need is a slip roll. But which machine is the right one for you?
You may hear people refer to both sheet metal and plate, using these terms interchangeably, but they are in fact different! By definition, the thicknesses of metal can be separated into three categories.
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 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.
Finally, plate metal 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 0.3mm and below 6mm are strictly ‘sheet metal’!
So which machine do you need? Both machines in the standard DIMAKIN range serve the same capacity, and the same useful rolling width. The key consideration you need to make is quantity. How much physical exertion do you want to put into your rolling? If you’re typically bending one-off pieces, perhaps a manually rolled slip roll would be okay for you. However, if you a typically rolling large batches of the same (or different) parts, you may want to opt for the powered version. In addition, the same can be said if your machine will be operated all day long!
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