Dynamic Die Supply Beyond Bends: The Evolution of Sheet Metal Fabrication

In the insightful article “How the sheet metal fabrication bend evolved,” as reported by The Fabricator, the focus is on the transformative journey of sheet metal fabrication bending over the past decade. The shift is notable, with increased spending on bending surpassing that on laser cutting—a significant trend identified by the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association… Continue reading Dynamic Die Supply Beyond Bends: The Evolution of Sheet Metal Fabrication

Dynamic Die: Unlocking Precision in Metal Fabrication Emphasis on Part Leveling

In the informative article titled “The importance of part leveling in metal fabrication” on The Fabricator, the seemingly flat sheet metal and plate delivered to metal fabricators can be deceiving. What initially appears flat often loses its flatness during the fabrication process. To understand this phenomenon, we need to consider the journey of raw materials… Continue reading Dynamic Die: Unlocking Precision in Metal Fabrication Emphasis on Part Leveling

Dynamic Die: Preventing Edge Cracking in Sheet Metal Bending

In an insightful article titled “Prevent Edge Cracking in Sheet Metal Bending,” addresses a pressing issue faced by many manufacturers—edge cracking in sheet metal bending. Despite repeated successful bending of 0.25-in.-thick A36 parts, recent instances of edge cracking have raised concerns. The challenge is perplexing. These cracks emerge at bend angles ranging from 75 to… Continue reading Dynamic Die: Preventing Edge Cracking in Sheet Metal Bending

THREE BASIC METAL FABRICATION TECHNIQUES

Metal fabrication is a booming and ever-growing industry. This process is used to produce a nearly endless amount of parts for manufacturing companies around the world. For instance, metal fabricators create large materials such as frames for cars, fuselages for airplanes, hulls for ships, and beams for buildings, bridges, and towers. Custom fabricators also create… Continue reading THREE BASIC METAL FABRICATION TECHNIQUES

Solving low rates of machine utilization in the metal fabrication shop

Anyone who’s worked on the fab shop floor for years probably has memories of the boss bursting in after the punch presses stop. Why is it so quiet? To managers, the cha-chunk of presses in the fab shop is equivalent to the cha-ching of cash registers. If machines aren’t producing, the thinking goes, the fab… Continue reading Solving low rates of machine utilization in the metal fabrication shop

Types of Metal Fabrication Processes

Metal fabrication is a broad term referring to any process that cuts, shapes, or molds metal material into a final product. Instead of an end product being assembled from ready-made components, fabrication creates an end product from raw or semi-finished materials. There are many different fabrication manufacturing processes. Metal fabrication is used for both custom… Continue reading Types of Metal Fabrication Processes

Die Science: The basics of die design, Part II – Choosing die guidance components

In Part I of this two-part series, I discussed the process of selecting a die set type and thickness. Now let’s discuss various commercially available die guidance components and some basic guidelines for deciding which type is best suited for your operation. Basic Guide Pin FunctionFirst, let me make this statement: The function of the… Continue reading Die Science: The basics of die design, Part II – Choosing die guidance components

How the welding cobot changes the metal fabrication shop

Collaborative robots have come a long way during the past decade, particularly in metal manufacturing. They began as a curiosity. Some shops purchased a cobot or two just to see what they could do with them. Yes, they could perform light pick-and-place tasks, but that has limited applicability in sheet metal and plate fabrication. What… Continue reading How the welding cobot changes the metal fabrication shop

Types of Metal Fabrication

Metal fabrication is a broad term referring to any process that cuts, shapes, or molds metal material into a final product. Instead of an end product being assembled from ready-made components, fabrication creates an end product from raw or semi-finished materials. There are many different fabrication manufacturing processes. Metal fabrication is used for both custom… Continue reading Types of Metal Fabrication