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A press brake, also known as a brake press, is a Machine Tool for Bending sheet and plate material, most commonly sheet metal. It forms predetermined bends by clamping the workpiece between a matching punch and Die.
Typically, two C-frames form the sides of the press brake, connected to a table at the bottom and on a moveable beam at the top. The bottom tool is mounted on the table with the top tool mounted on the upper beam.
There are several types of brakes as described by the means of applying force: mechanical, pneumatic, hydraulic, and servo-electric.