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Hydraulic Press Brake for Sheet Metal Fabrication
Department of Mechanical Engineering
We request funding for a hydraulic press brake for the Mechanical Engineering Student Shop. This tool allows complex bends to be formed in sheet metal ranging from thin gauge aluminum up to 48" of .25" thick mild steel. Sheet metal fabrication allows such diverse parts as small electronics enclosures, robust automotive suspension parts, and large aerospace structures to be produced quickly at low cost; for this reason, sheet metal parts dominate in industry over the machined and additively-manufactured parts UW students can currently produce, and many UW student teams rely on outside vendors to fulfill sheet metal needs.
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