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.

Raising the Bar in Yacht Racing

Metal 3D printing technology increases yacht racing performance through advanced rapid prototyping capabilities that allow this British yacht racing team to refine custom parts on demand and reduce their costs.
Experts
Additive Manufacturing Systems

Back to the Future

Take a trip into process innovation with guest columnist Wes Hart of Imperial Machine & Tool, who shares some real-world insight about the journey of this 73-year-old machine shop as they incorporated metal additive manufacturing into a traditional machine shop environment.
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

Augmented Reality Technology: The Future is Here!

Smart technologies and augmented reality are a growing part of the future of manufacturing. Shops must embrace this growing interaction between humans and computer systems in order to remain competitive in the future. Are you ready?
CAD/CAM Software

Industry 4.0 for Sheet Metal Manufacturers

Factories in the future will be able to run automatically, for the most part. We are only at the start of this revolution, with a lot more development and integration to come, covering every aspect of a business and the performance of its machinery and resources.
Coil Handling Equipment

Precision Cutting of Very Thin Metal Without Burrs

Take a closer look at how extremely thin strips of anodized aluminum are slit and processed for electronics applications.
Cut-To-Length Lines

The Art of Slitting

To fully grasp the cutting edge technology used in the slitting/shearing process is to understand the fracture mechanics of material.
Heat Treating

Going Deep: Oil and Gas

As the oil and gas industry explores new technology to innovate, minimize costs, and help contribute to achieving a lower-emissions environment, equipment and parts suppliers must dig deep to find ways to reduce their costs, improve their delivery times and increase component quality. Here are some of the latest machine tools and other equipment that can help them get the job done.
Ironworkers

Sheariously Awesome Ironworker Automation

Automating the shear section of an ironworker with a simple stop and some software is a relatively easy way to reduce cycle times on both shearing and setup and improve part accuracy, eliminate rework, and improve material yield.
Laser Cutting Systems

A Warm Welcome for New Equipment

How to prepare your shop for a smooth installation that gets your new machinery up and running efficiently and as quickly as possible so it can begin generating money for your company.
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

Precision Plasma Cutting: Make a List, Check It Twice

The list of items needing regular maintenance in your shop is likely long. It probably seems there is always something to be done. Unfortunately, while most shops are great at inspecting equipment like cranes, forklifts, and air compressors, one machine …
Press Brakes, Panel Benders

Closing the Loop: Strategies for Bending Closed Forms

With a bit of creativity and thought to overcome limitations, it is often possible to form closed profiles and other difficult parts with a standard press brake. Here are some tips on how to do it.
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

Sorting Out Aluminum Sawing

When choosing the best saw for cutting aluminum it’s important to consider your application. While both circular and band saw methods can effectively cut aluminum, it pays to weigh all of these factors before deciding which saw is best for your operation.
Software

Welcome to the Internet of Things

On this playing field, anything that can be connected, will be connected. Those who can adapt to connecting will thrive. Those who can’t, well . . .
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

The Future of Oil: The View from Right Now

Because the world as we know it is still mostly built on the trapped sunshine that is oil, the oil industry was the most consequential market of the 20th century. Guest columnist Chet Biliyok of Energy and System Technical analyzes how the industry must now step up to the challenges of this century.
Turret Presses

Shaping Tomorrow’s Production

A new IT services platform supports the entire production value chain – regardless of the manufacturer – with modular solutions that allow shops to transition into Industry 4.0 at their own speed, step by step. 
Waterjets

Going for the Right Formula to Compete

Gopher Motorsports has enlisted Jet Edge to cut carbon composite, steel and aluminum parts for their Formula SAE race car using waterjet technology.
Metal Forming & Fabricating: Products

Affordable 3D Metal Printing for Small Shops

The ORLAS CREATOR metal additive manufacturing machine from O.R. Lasertechnology is ideal for small and medium shops competing in the jewelry, dentistry and medical sectors, as well as for smaller engineering firms and laboratories.

Metal 3D Printing

This innovative process technology continues to disrupt the business of metalworking and advance metal fabrication to the new levels of competitive advantage in design freedom and manufacturing complexity. Here is some of the latest 3D printing equipment, automation, software and other advances in metal additive manufacturing.

A Revolutionary Metal 3D Printing Technology Suite

Agile Metal Technology software from Sculpteo deeply analyzes design compatibility for metal AM, fixes problems, automates complex modeling procedures, finds “best fit” processes and techniques, and predicts and recommends how to optimize design elements, including lattices, supports and post-processing workflows.