Thursday, June 25, 2009

Cold Forming Reversal Curves - on YouTube

Work on the Reade / Maxwell project continues...

This sequence was shot as I made up the last of the 'undertow' elements.

Each of the curves is formed of a length of 1 1/2 x 3/16 inch flat bar. Depending on the element, the starting pieces range from 5 1/2 to as much as 15 feet long! For that reason alone, the sweeping curves are shaped COLD, using a metal bending machine (purchased specifically for this project).

The total elapsed time to form just the main body of one of the larger elements ranged from 45 to 30 minutes. For this video segment, I filmed the process as I worked, and then did some edit magic to speed up the film to about 2 x speed for the bulk of the process.

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