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Heating steel to bend it - good or bad??

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Hi all

I need to bend a small piece of 3mm steel plate back to flat again.

I've got vague recollections about O level metal work back in the early 80's and can remember phrases such as annealing, work hardening, tempering, quenching, etc. I seem to remember they are all heat related but not sure which applies to me.

The plate in question has already been bent cold (accidentally) by 90 degrees and needs to return to flat again without weakening or cracking it. I have access to a heat source, vice and BB hammer.

Thanks in advance.


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