Bending is a simple process in which a metal sheet is pressed against a die of a certain shape by a ram or punch. This whole get-up is typically contained with a larger machine called a press brake, some of which can generate up to 200 tons of force, which is almost as much as I can generate with my right arm. (Okay, maybe not.)
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