Metal Forming & Fabricating

Material forming through stamping, notching, punching, bending, shearing, drawing and more using machinery such as mechanical presses, hydraulic presses, punch presses, turret punch presses, press brakes, shears, hydroforming machines, cold forming machines, hot forming machines and other equipment assisted by Computer Aided Design (CAD), Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM), Computer Numerical Control (CNC), automation and robotics.

Make This to Print

How the technology and trends in additive manufacturing are changing the production methods of the future.
Experts
Additive Manufacturing Systems

Human Powered Submarine Team Produces 3D-Printed Propeller

Take a look at how metrology and 3D printing distributor Burton Precision applies 3D printing technology to solve a variety of CAD issues and challenges for producing a unique plastic propeller design for a human powered submarine.
Angle Rolls

Hot Rolling Zirconium Pushes Possibilities

British engineering company Charles Thompson Ltd breaks ground with a scarce source possibly never seen before – a heat exchanger component rolled from an unusually thick (40 mm) flat plate.
Automation/Robotics

The Ins and Outs of Laser Cutting Automation

Advancements in laser cutting productivity are shifting the bottleneck away from cutting the material to handling it. This means automation should match specific needs for different production setups. 
CAD/CAM Software

Using Software To Better Run Your Shop

In today’s manufacturing environment, software has evolved. No longer designed for simple NC code and nesting parts for the best material utilization, it has become an increasingly useful and necessary tool for any production facility. Look for software modules which can be tailored to your needs and can create an ideal interaction between machine, control system, and production software. 
Coil Handling Equipment

Flat Metal Doesn’t Always Mean Stress Relieved Metal

Parts leveling can't free a shop from the stress caused by a missed shipping date, but it CAN relieve those production frustrations caused by metal components loaded with internal stresses that are released during welding, laser cutting, punching or bending. 
Heat Treating

Choosing the Best Hot Zone

This look inside the heat treating furnace examines the reasons behind the shift to graphite hot zones and identifies how shops can choose the best hot zone for their heat treating application.
Laser Cutting Systems

Tower of Strength

Automated handling dilutes sheet metal fabrication costs in this shop with lights-out running and quick changes between jobs.
Oxyfuel Cutting Systems

Limited Space, Unlimited Returns

The SGX automated plasma and oxy-fuel cutting machine is ideal for the small fabricator needing to cut high volumes of mild steel parts with a minimal investment in capital and floor space. 
Plasma Cutting Systems

Optimize the Use of Your Plasma Cutting Consumables

Often neglected in the push to get more parts of higher quality off the cutting table per shift are the very components that generate the high temperature plasma cutting arc. Up to 40 percent of the torch consumable parts that are typically scrapped can often be re-used with excellent cut quality.
Press Brakes

How Your Selection of Press Brake Tooling Affects Manufacturing

Have you ever considered how standard tooling impacts the design of a part?
Punch Presses

Understanding Sheet Distortion During Punching

Sheet bowing is a common problem, but also predictable and therefore able to be addressed.
Roll Forming

From Producer to Partner

From product design and prototyping to metal fabrication and assembly, companies need an expert, all-in-one supply chain partner to help them take their business strategy to the next level.
Sawing Systems

Sawing by the Numbers

On a cost per square foot of cutting basis, circular carbide saws come out on top.
Software

Harnessing the Power of CNC Software for Plasma Cutting

What if you could get real time orchestration between the power source, the accessories connected to it and all of the other key elements of your cutting system? 
Stamping Presses

Stamping Out a New Generation of Automobile Parts

The question Ford and General Motors asked was how to produce hoods and doors with improved productivity, design flexibility and reduced costs. The answer from Schuler, Bosch Rexroth and Morrell was a compact crossbar transfer press that does all that and more.
Tube & Pipe Fabrication

From Days to Minutes

To dramatically shorten design-to-manufacture time, this advanced 3D simulator unveils powerful real-time visualization with collision detection that speeds tube bending program development so that shops can optimize their computer-controlled bending machines.
Turret Presses

Rethinking Your Parts: Combining for a Competitive Advantage

You may discover a whole new profit method in a combination processing machine that can produce all of the geometries you need at the same cost, regardless of the number of parts required. 
Waterjets

Understanding the Impact of Pressure and Velocity in Waterjet Cutting

The move to higher pressure has improved the productivity of waterjet cutting systems, but the increase in jet velocity is actually the driving force behind these dramatic gains in efficiency.
Metal Forming & Fabricating: Products

LTI Adds Second Heat Treating Furnace

The Red Devil Dual Chamber Furnace is an affordable option for occasional heat treaters looking for durable energy efficient equipment. With both chambers 12 in H x 14 in W x 24 in L, the upper chamber is programmed to heat to 2200 deg F while the lower oven reaches 1200 deg F. Dual Chamber furnaces allow a shop to harden in the upper chamber then temper/draw in the lower oven without waiting for a single chamber unit to cool down.   
The Red Devil Dual Chamber furnace performs capability heat treating to ASTM, AMS, GE and ASME specifications, as well as other solution treatment cycles, aging cycles, post weld heat treat, normalizing, hardening, and tempering requirements. 

Next Steps in Intelligent Fiber Laser Cutting

The OPTIPLEX Fiber laser cutting system with intelligent Zeta 9 torch technology from Mazak Optonics. Zeta 9 set up functions include auto nozzle changing, auto focus positioning, focus detection, auto profiler calibration, and beam diameter control. Intelligent monitoring functions include pierce detection, plasma detection and burn detection.
This exclusive fiber laser cutting system uses a series of six intelligent setup functions and three intelligent monitoring functions to significantly reduce operator dependency and improve throughput and cut quality.

All Bent Into Shape

The Haeusler ROLLmeister Plate Roll TETRA series from Sterling Fabrication Technology is ideal for medium and large batch production of shell and tube heat exchangers and pressure vessels with a small-to-midsize range of wall thicknesses, as well as economical single shell production. 
Here is some of the newest equipment and tooling used to bend sheet metal and plate steel.