CNC punched Zintec brackets
CNC punching is so important to V and F Sheet Metal. Even though we have now installed a new Trumpf 3030 3KW fibre laser cutter we still process the majority of our sheet metal work through our Trumpf 200 and Trumpf 3000 CNC punch presses, these parts being typical of the small sheet metal brackets that we manufacture everyday of the week. The parts that need to be CNC punched may be thinner material, have a simple shape, need forms such as louvres, dimples, countersunk forms etc whereas the laser cut parts may be thicker or need more complex profiles that we don’t have a CNC tool for. There is however a great overlap on parts such as these zintec brackets shown here where they can be either CNC punched or laser cut and this gives us the flexibility to move jobs around in our factory to suit the loading on any machine on the day that the customer needs that order.
Aluminium light fitting chassis
These aluminium alloy chassis components are used to support fibre optic light fittings in a small chandelier. They have been CNC punched out from 1.5mm thick aluminium alloy sheet metal with all the outer profiles de-burred to remove any sharp edges and then folded up on one of our Trumpf 7036 CNC press brakes using a program stored from the time before speeding up production. The batch of 30 off was the second time that we have manufactured these parts and as the design hadn’t changed we were able to go straight into manufacturing and the batch was completed in just 3 days.
3mm mild steel laser cut housings
Large mild steel wedge shaped housings manufactured from 2mm and 3mm thick sheet metal. These parts fit together to make a housing used on a new tram system. The customer only had 10 days to get these parts from the point of giving us the enquiry as a new supplier to them. We produced 3D models in our Radan sheet metal software, developed the blank forms, laser cut samples and bent them up to check out everything before running the production batch. The batch of 50 parts were made in 2 days once the samples had been approved and shipped overnight direct to their factory in Yorkshire.