I’m preparing to assemble a large project after prototyping some fabrication methods at a smaller scale. Before I can continue with securing designs, I need access to a few specialty tools. These include a bender / ring roller for square tubing, a roller for sheet metal, & a foot shear (or any effective substitutes). When I last came into the makerspace, I remember seeing the custom tubing bender in the metal shop, and the foot shear in the main room tucked away out of service, but I don’t think I ever saw that slip roller listed on the wiki.
Most critical to this project is a square tubing bender. As far as I know, the Space’s tubing bender has interchangable rolling dies judging by the collection scattered below on the nearby shelf, but can anyone help me with the specification for these? Specifically, I was hoping to bend some 1" square tubing. If possible, I’ll even look into making a custom set of dies on the lathe. Of course, any cheap alternatives are welcome. This isn’t the most expensive part of my build.
Another, maybe more important piece of equipment is a sheet metal roller. I never saw one around, or if I did, I’ve forgotten by now. The one listed on the wiki is max 40", a great size but I wouldn’t want to buy an extra. Can someone help me find this one? I think I asked about it before but never got a straight answer. I’m hoping to put an equivalent curve of 3ft diameter in some 1/16" - 1/32" aluminum sheet.
And about the foot shear: last I saw it, it was sitting in the corner supposedly out of order. Are there any plans to fix this? I would be willing to lend a hand if it meant putting this machine into regular use again. The clean cuts would be nice to have, but I could always just use an angle grinder.
One last thing, there is a Baleigh pan & box brake listed on the wiki, but I’ve never seen it nor heard of it. Does the makerspace actually have one of these? It probably would come in handy for metal fabrication, and if the square tubing thing doesn’t work out, this might be my next best option.