Inductaflex proudly supplied machines for the forming of the most complex bending project the world has seen to date. The huge three dimensional formed twisted profiles were formed on a bespoke machine manufactured by Inductaflex UK.
Craig Barnshaw the aluminium forming engineer described the project as ‘the most complex bending job he has worked on in 30 years in the trade’.
The main section rib weighing in at over 55kg/m is possibly one of the heaviest extruded profiles ever curved. To form this in both axes and twist over the length was something that seemed to be unachievable.
Craig Barnshaw worked to develop the bending system and CNC controls; a process taking hundreds of hours of engineering analysis to even produce the first bend. Coupled with the large bend was a second profile, a channel profile that had to match the three dimensional curves of the main rib. Matching the two bends in a 3D twisted form was ‘the closest to impossible you could find’.