Pipe bending robot charms pipes into amazing shapes


27 Responses to “Pipe bending robot charms pipes into amazing shapes”

  1. charming.quark says:

    I was going to ask where you put in the beer.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Which end is it’s shiny metal ass?

  3. wolfforceone says:

    How has no one mentioned the wolf/target/finding the competitive edge poster in the background. whooooahh!

  4. beecaper says:

    FYI-I believe using the *old* object embed code for youtube vids rectifies the silly youtubedotcom only playblack of a video.

  5. semiotix says:

    “I was a star. I could bend a girder to any angle. 30 degrees, 32 degrees, you name it. 31 degrees…”

  6. Anonymous says:

    “I am Bender. Insert Girder.”

  7. Anonymous says:

    and here i was wondering where all the briar curlie-qs would be

  8. Drew from Zhrodague says:

    Wouldn’t this be useful for antenna making?

    • Anonymous says:

      Not really, but maybe for “designer” antennas to make traditional antennas look better than a Yagi-Uda.

      Most antennas I see these days are using 3D shapes to maximize utility.

  9. Anonymous says:

    There’s something else it is doing that impressive. Ever bend a piece of metal? It always springs back just a little bit. Hence the phenomena is called “spring back.” And the amount of spring back has to be calculated for every metal, thickness, and shape at every bend.

    So for it to make exact shapes, it makes a different shape. Just so it springs back to the intended shape. This machine is doing it so smoothly we don’t even see it.

  10. pizzicato says:

    They also make cup noodle! Those curly delicious noodles? Guess what… Mini tube bending robots.

  11. Anonymous says:

    Hey I need some headers for my Mopar 318.

  12. Anonymous says:

    It’s not technically extruding the metal. It’s pushing already formed pipe against that cnc thingamabob.

  13. Cowicide says:

    Save a lot of money and just do this…


  14. kmoser says:

    Can you run the machine in reverse to suck up a curly pipe and straighten it out, much like somebody slurping a strand of spaghetti?

  15. Anonymous says:

    “Bite my shiny metal ass.”

  16. dculberson says:

    Looks like somebody needs to eat more fiber!

    More seriously, this is an awesome machine, but looks to be limited in the length and diameter of pipe it can handle. I wonder if they made benders that can handle longer and larger pipes?

    • toxonix says:

      It would have dies for various diameter/thickness tubes. Since a mandrel bender requires a mandrel inside the pipe and a forming die on the outside, the length of pipe is limited by the mandrel length. This is why pipes are not usually formed (seamlessly) in incredible lengths. Most applications for complicated and precise repeatable mandrel bending are not super long.
      This would be great for race car/bike builders. Equal-length scavenging titanium headers?

    • RedShirt77 says:

      I was going to mention the pipes.

      I would also say the programmers lack a certain creativity. Everything is a random squiggle.

      Spell something, make a tight spiral or produce a recognizable symbol.

      I thought they were about to crank out a desk chair at one point, and it just became another random set of bends. Made me wonder if there aren’t a number of limitations caused by the size of the machine and the need to avoid bending something too far back towards itself.

  17. CCinBmore says:

    OK, that’s crazy cool. I want, but only to show off with. Probably not the best way to spend my money, no?

    While you’re in the mood, this one rocked my boat even more: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SQIYZ-iKuG4&feature=fvwrel

  18. jmnugent says:

    Came for the Bender jokes,…. Leaving satisfied.

  19. License Farm says:

    “Bending’s my middle name.”
    “Yep! Bender Bending Rodriguez.”

  20. Terry says:

    This means prefab electrical conduit for construction projects.
    Electricians aren’t going to give up their pipe benders without a fight!

  21. Anonymous says:

    Benders family origin

  22. Tony says:

    Does it have a drinking habit and smoke cigars?

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