Additive tech takes on short-run press brake tooling

Nothing can beat steel tooling for long-run press brake jobs, but additive-built tools can benefit prototype and short-run work


Metal additive manufacturing (AM), while an intriguing technology, is often well beyond the scope of most metal fabricating businesses. The cost of the technology, with applications more in line with machine shop needs, limits its appeal.

However, 3D-printed parts made of plastics or carbon fibre composites are a different story. For short-run press brake tooling and the production of peripheral assembly items, AM has found a niche.

Read the full article in Canadian Fabricating & Welding magazine. 

June 18, 2019