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The Ultimate Guide to Press Brake Punch and Die Selection


Are you struggling with selecting the right punch and die for your press brake? Do you want to ensure that your bending process is efficient, accurate, and safe? Look no further!

In this blog post, we provide you with expert advice on how to select the top punch and lower die for your press brake. We cover everything from the impact of the punch’s shape on the workpiece to the bending force required per meter for different materials.

By the end of this article, you’ll have all the knowledge you need to choose the perfect punch and die for your press brake. So, let’s dive in!

Selection of top punch

Selection of top punch

(1) The selection of the top punch should be based on the bending force, and the load of the die should not exceed the limit. A punch with hydraulic clamping requires special customization.

If the user selects special molds, it should be noted that their load differs from that of normal molds. Correct selection should be made to prevent the bending force from exceeding the punch’s load limit, which can cause collapse and cracking.

(2) The shape of the top punch has a significant impact on whether the workpiece can be bent and formed. When programming and selecting the punch, it is crucial to consider the punch’s shape and whether it interferes in the workpiece forming process.

(3) When the mold is programmed into the mold library of the CNC system, the mold’s overall dimensions should be programmed accurately. This ensures that when the NC system automatically calculates the bending process, it can accurately determine whether the mold interferes with the workpiece.

Selection of lower die

Selection of lower die
  • F0: required bending force per meter when the tensile strength of the material is 450N/mm² (KN/m);
  • S: Plate thickness (mm);
  • B: Minimum bending width (mm);
  • V: Width of lower die opening (mm);
  • R: Bending radius (mm);

(1) The width of the V-shaped lower die must be determined according to the material’s thickness t, using the following formula:

If t < 3mm, V = (6~8) × t

If t ≥ 3mm, V = (8~12) × t

Additionally, the width of the lower die V can be determined based on the minimum bending width b and the fillet radius r of the bending part to ensure reasonable and scientific die selection.

(2) During the bending process, the bending force generated will accumulate on the worktable and act on the die. Therefore, the load that the die can bear should not exceed the limit.

The bending force required per meter (T/m) is given in the bending force table, where the material’s tensile strength is assumed to be 45kg/mm² (450N/mm²) and the lower die opening and plate thickness are predetermined.

Bending Force Table

Quick reference table of common bending force

When the materials are different, the tensile strength of the material is σ Kg/mm², the required bending force (T/m) per meter can be calculated by the following formula.

F1 = F0· σ/ 450 (T/m)

Note: if the mold is used for forming, the bending force must be 2 to 3 times the normal bending force.

That is:

FP = (2… 3) FB

(FP: forming force  FB: free bending force)

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