Is there a way to bend billet aluminum with or without heat or will it just fracture? I need to bend a billet aluminum fairlead 45 degrees in the middle. I want to form it to fit on the bow of my boat. here is the failead The billet aluminum fairleads are designed specifically for winches running synthetic winch rope which is what I am going to run in my boat recovery winch. There are also some thermo-plastic ones that could be bent to fit but I would like to go with billet if possible. What about 6061 Aluminum? Viking makes some out of 6061. Anyone have a clue or know where I could find out?