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Press Brakes / Metal Folding Services

Specialist Press Brake & Sheet Metal Folding Services

As one of the UK’s most trusted sheet metal folding specialists, we offer an end-to-end metal fabrication service that handles every stage of your project in-house.

One of the most important steps in the sheet metal fabrication process is the metal folding stage. This is where the 2D sheet metal is turned into 3D objects. By carefully bending the sheet metal, we can create products that meet the needs of any project – at highly competitive price points. 

In order to bend and fold the sheet metal we work with, we utilise CNC press brake machinery – the best technology currently available on the market.

The UK’s Most Trusted Choice for Sheet Metal Folding

Here at Salamander, expect the best. Using our specialised metal fabrication techniques to complete a wide range of projects within clients’ set timeframes and budgets, we have been involved in some truly unique collaborations. From start to finish, our expert team completes every endeavour with care, consideration, and a high level of attention to detail – putting you, the customer, first.

Our ethos centres around delivering a product and service to our customers that is always of the highest possible standard, and we don’t cut corners or compromise when it comes to the quality of our work. That’s a guarantee.

Why Our Clients Choose Us

So, what about Salamander has gained us our reputation? To put it short, we are highly practised. Established in Huddersfield in 1968, we have been using state-of-the-art machinery and technology to deliver an exceptional customer experience – it’s no wonder our team have been the UK’s chosen choice for sheet metal fabrication solutions for over 50 years.

We offer an end-to-end manufacturing service across a wide range of sectors, priding ourselves on our ability to offer both full-service sheet metal fabrication and sub-contracting solutions, completing the job to the uppermost possible standard – and at highly competitive prices you simply will not find elsewhere. You name it, we do it all.

Contact us today to find out more.

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Facts About Our Press Brakes / Metal Folding

  • At Salamander, we utilise laminating techniques, which allow us to make our own bespoke tooling, improving cost-effectiveness and allowing for more bespoke solutions.
  • The knowledge and expertise we have within the technical team allows us to advise our clients on both standard tooling and bespoke options.
  • We offer both Amada and Bystronic press brakes, allowing us to improve our programming quality and speed.
  • By utilising modern software and the specialist skills of team members, we can ensure that our projects can be carried out as quickly as possible, reducing lead times for our customers.
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Our Technology & Advanced Folding Machinery

At Salamander, we’re passionate about driving our business forward with new technologies and increasing our folding capacity. We use four CNC press brakes including a 4.2-metre bed with a 180-tonne capacity for our projects. We also have a wide range of tooling to produce very accurate results.

The intricacy of the components we make can range from small pieces with a single bend to larger segments with a wide variety of metal bending methods used – for example, three-point bending, rotary bending, a range of bend angles, radius bend techniques and multiple flange lengths. Our team has the necessary expertise and equipment needed to provide services to a huge range of sectors, in all aspects of sheet metal folding service projects, including but not limited to:

  • Kiosk & Vending
  • Security & Construction
  • Retail & Leisure
  • Transportation
  • Science & Food

We also have extensive in-house expertise which means that we are also able to manufacture our own tooling for special bend radii, reducing the lead times of our more complex projects significantly. We also take great care in the planning stage of our projects, providing full 3D simulations of the bending and sheet metal folding process.

Amada Press Brake

Our new Amada Press Brake ensures that we are constantly up to date with the latest hardware, which is something we have always strived to do (and succeeded at). 

This new press brake allows high level, cost-effective production whilst also being low maintenance and easy to use – allowing for an efficient job done every time. 

Why We Use It

Precise and reliable, Amada’s range of stand-alone press brakes machines offer an efficient solution for all our bending requirements, allowing us to complete your project to the highest possible standard. 

As the best in the business, Amada has installed over 125,000 stand alone press brakes in Europe, and with an extensive knowledge of the industry, it’s no wonder they have an established track record of reliability and extremely high levels of customer satisfaction.

The Amada press brake allows us maximum flexibility to ensure each job is completed to the best standard, without compromise.

Bystronic Press Brake 

Sticking with our goal of always using the most innovative technology, our new Bystronic Press Brake allows us to cut and process sheet metal twice as quickly as our more conventional machinery – guaranteeing your project is completed within your specified timeframe.

For more efficient sheet metal handling, the addition of the 6Kw Bystronic laser and automated warehouse means we can switch between profiling one material to the next in under four minutes, which is not just innovative, but unrivalled – no one does it quite like us.

Why We Use It

First and foremost, these machines are incredibly simple to use. 

The intuitive software streamlines the process, with the press brake having the capacity to cut a variety of aluminium, steels, and yellow metals. Not only does it boost our production capacity, but this investment also increases the speed at which we can complete projects.

Managing Director Michael Haskell: ‘This kind of automation not only optimises our material flow, it improves our machine use, provides us with a greater level of reliability, and upskills our workforce to operate first-class machinery.’

What Considerations Should Be Taken for Design in Sheet Metal Folding?

Material selection for effective sheet metal folding is based on the end-product’s intended application. So, the main factors of consideration should include: 

  • Formability
  • Malleability
  • Cost
  • Material weight

What Is a Suitable Material for Bending?

Aluminium and steel are considered for bending and folding applications based on the above four factors. Both metals are readily available with outstanding strength and weight. 

Alloys of the 3000 series – aluminium alloy 3003, in particular – have practical qualities that also make them a good fit. You get average strength, making it more malleable to fold, cold workability and a big difference between yield and tensile strength. 


Sectors We Work With

The press brake is an incredibly useful tool due to its versatility, having applications in all of the sectors we work with.

In particular, our press brake services have been instrumental in the following sectors:

  • Construction and Security – Used for products such as security enclosures, steel security doors, grills, and guard rails, as well as small parts and components to assist in the refurbishment or repair of existing structures.
  • Retail and Leisure – Used for the assembly of top-quality products such as featured product displays, bar displays, portable displays, retail display cubes and more. These are often challenging and time-consuming tasks, but with a press brake, it couldn’t be simpler and more efficient.
  • Science and Food – Used for laboratory equipment, analytical instruments, food packaging, and more, ensuring that the products are fit for purpose and compliant with safety regulations.
  • Transportation – Used for a wide range of applications – from automobile to rail, aircrafts to ships, press brake services are essential to most infrastructure projects.
  • Kiosk and Vending Machine Providers – From the casing to the product dispensers, kiosk and vending machines are made up of many components that require metal folding.

Check Out Our Press Brakes in Action

At Salamander, our press brakes are equipped with cutting-edge controls and automated systems, allowing us to achieve precise angles and bends every time. 

Whether we’re crafting intricate shapes or handling large production volumes, you can trust us to bring your vision to life at pace. 

Take a look at some of our most recent projects to discover more about what we do and how we can help your business.

Working with Salamander Fabrications

At Salamander, we understand the challenges that many of our customers face when looking for a trusted partner to carry out their sheet metal fabrication projects. We’re passionate about providing amazing customer service and fantastic products all in one. Since 1968, we’ve been creating top-of-the-line products for a massive range of sectors, including transportation, security, retail, leisure and many more, resulting in a loyal customer base who know they can rely on our team to provide them with quality products, quick turnaround and amazing value, every time.

Unlike many sheet metal fabricators, we offer every single stage of our service right here in our Huddersfield home, from CAD design and laser cutting right the way through to powder coating and electromagnetic assembly. We never outsource any of our work, and instead prefer to invest in our team of in-house fabricators, to help them improve their skills and expand the technologies that we work with on a regular basis.

Our customer service and sales team are also committed to excellence in everything they do. From start to finish, you’ll be kept updated on the status of your project, and you can expect transparency and expertise at every turn. We’re proud to offer the very best in customer care here at Salamander, as we know that it’s key to building long-lasting, positive customer relationships.


What is Metal Folding, and How do Press Brakes Work?

Metal folding can be used to create a huge range of products. Metal folding is used to refer to a range of bending applications, which means that it can be used to create enclosures, boxes and more.

The process of metal folding and bending is usually done using a press brake machine, which exerts high tensile strengths and shear forces to bend sheet metal into the exact shape required, as established by the original project drawings. The latest press brake machinery is still the most common method of accurate metal folding as they can often handle a broader range of material thicknesses. The majority of press brake machines contain a hydraulic ram with an upper punch that presses metal into a lower die to create the curves, shapes, and angles set out in the original CAD design. All of our press brakes are computer-controlled, with the help of CNC technology.

A CNC machine processes a piece of material to meet specifications by following a coded programmed instruction. When using CNC machining, it’s so important to have a strong design in place and accurate instructions to the machines that reflect that design. At Salamander, we’ll use advanced 3D CAD CAM systems including SOLIDWORKS 3D design systems to create high-quality, in-depth designs and technical drawings. All of this information ensures that your machine is using the right bending angles, bend allowance, bend radius and bend relief, based on the sheet metal thickness being used. Using CAD design processes also allows us to save and generate designs again and again for batch production if required, and allows us to store all of the designs we create and implement for repeated use.

Once the sheet metal has been pressed, creating the shapes and angles that are required, most projects will move into welding, to secure the parts and ensure that the design keeps its shape without bending, warping or damage.

FAQs: Our Sheet Metal Folding Services Explained

We understand that you may have questions about sheet metal folding and its applications. Whether you’re new to press brakes or seeking specific information, we’re here to help.

For the larger picture, be sure to check out our Metal Manufacturing Processes Guide, which covers other fabrication techniques.

What Is a Press Brake?

A press brake is a machine that is used to bend sheet metal. It consists of a sturdy frame, complete with a hydraulic or mechanical ram and a die set.  

The sheet metal is placed between the ram and the die, and when pressure is applied, the metal is bent or formed to the desired shape.

Metal Folding vs Metal Bending: What’s the Difference?

Due to its machine-controlled folding angle, metal folding provides high precision and accuracy. It generally performs better with thicker materials than bending. Compared to bending, metal folding produces high-quality products that are free of surface scratches. 

What Materials Can Be Folded?

A wide range of materials are able to be folded (such as plastics, mesh, and wood), but here at Salamander, we specialise exclusively in folding metals. We do this by using a press brake machine, which exerts high tensile strengths and shear forces to bend sheet metal into the exact shape you require, as established by the project drawings at the initial 2D or 3D CAD design stage

What Is the Difference between a Press Brake and Folding Machine?

The key difference between a folding machine and a press brake is how they handle a workpiece. On a press brake, the flange is gauged and the rest of the part is rotated up. 

On a folding machine, it’s the opposite – the part is gauged and supported on the sheet support system and the flange is turned up. Typically, press brakes are able to work on thicker, heavier metal, whereas folding machines are more suited to more delicate work.

What Are the Different Folding Techniques Used in Sheet Metal Folding?

Metal folding techniques are varied, with the most common types being:

  • Bottoming
  • Air Bending
  • Coining
  • Wiping
  • Folding
  • Rolling
  • Joggling
  • Hydraulic CNC Press Brakes

Take a look at the techniques we use to discover more.

To learn more about the work we do or to get started with your next project, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with our friendly sales team on 01484 843599 or at 

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