Metal Roller

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Metal Roller
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[edit] Overview

Metal Roller


The metal roller sends sheet metal and plate through gaps between cylinders to roll-bend them; this operation is used for producing cylindrical or conical components as well as wiring cylindrical edges.

This roll-bending operation ability is particularly useful for producing standard shapes of metal that would be time-consuming or impossible to form otherwise.

[edit] Description

Metal rolling is a centralized industrial process that is done in large-scale (kiloton per day) steel mills. We aim to open-source this technology for use in small-scale (ton per day) flexible fabrication facilities which allow local communities to produce virgin metal from scrap feedstocks.

[edit] Description

One type of metal roller uses a pinch rolling operations (lightly grips and moves sheet metal through the machine with a "free" roller to "set" the required bend radius) and pyramid rolling operations (moves plate metal through the machine to "set" the required bend radius). A hydraulically power-driven universal metal roller can be used for all required roll-bending operations.

[edit] Solution Statement

The metal roller allows the operator to perform roll-bending operations with ease.

[edit] Product Ecology

Made with

Uses

Creates

  • Rolled Steel
General Fabrication Product Ecology

See Product Ecology for more information.

[edit] Components

The principal elements of the metal roller include:

  • Frame: the ground-supported structure upon which the rest of the metal roller lies
  • Couplers: the mechanisms that convert rotary motion from the hydraulic motor to the cylinders
  • Hydraulic Circuit: the set of components that powers the hydraulic motor by sending pressurized fluid through its ports, hence producing rotary motion at the motor shaft
  • Adjusters: the mechanisms that allow cylinder movement for different placement configurations on the plane perpendicular to the axis of rotation
  • Cylinders: the components that make actual contact with the workpiece for roll-bending.

[edit] Status

The Metal Roller is currently in the research phase of development. Prototyping is planned for after product release of the Induction Furnace.

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