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Laser cutting sheet metal work

Thursday, August 27th, 2015

Laser cutting steel sheet metal work

Laser cutting steel sheet metal work

CNC punching is so flexible in being able to produce complex shapes in a range of sheet metal work. Being able to form dimples, louvre, self tapping forms etc is essential which is why we have 2 CNC punch presses to cover those needs but sometimes sheet metal components profile are so complex with compound curves that laser cutting is the only real option available. Luckily for us we have a Trumpf 3030 3KW fibre laser which enables us to laser cut very complex sheet metal work with perfect profiled edges. The ability to fill a sheet of metal completely without any clamping areas is also a great advantage especially when it’s an expensive material.


Easy programming of the Safan e-brake CNC punch press reduces set up times

Monday, August 24th, 2015

CNC programming on a Safan e-Brake

CNC programming on a Safan e-Brake

The ability to quickly create a CNC bending program from scratch in either 2D profile or 3D is a real strength of the Safan e-Brake CNC press brake. We have now managed to create several hundred programs in just a couple of months. With all tooling available in a standard library and a database of all material bent, gauges and bending calculation for bend spring back correction the machine is a joy to use. We have set up the machine to run on windows 7 and log straight onto our network so there is no time wasted when the machine is turned on in the morning, it’s straight to production.

CNC press brake progamming

CNC press brake progamming

Looking for a company who can program and bend up your sheet metal work projects up to 3M long and with 100 tons force all in one machine then please give us a try. With an experienced manufacturing team to advise you on your designs and to provide samples where needed V and F Sheet Metal are keen to be your partner on future sheet metal projects.


CNC press brake tooling gets organised

Thursday, August 20th, 2015

CNC press brake tooling rack

CNC press brake tooling rack

Sometimes it’s just nice to take the time out of a busy schedule and get organised. We had some much new press brake tooling come with our new Safan e-Brake that it was a great opportunity to sort ourselves out and make up a trolley rack with all the tooling stored safely together. Having the same Trumpf style tooling on both our Trumpf 7036 CNC press brake bending machines and our new Safan e-Brake bending machine means we can move the tooling direct to whichever bending machine is being set up.

Follow the links to both of the CNC bending machine to see their capabilities and lots of work examples.


Sheet metal housings folded with new CNC press brake

Monday, August 10th, 2015

Sheet metal housings folded with new CNC press brake

Sheet metal housings folded with new CNC press brake

Safan e-Brake 3M CNC press brake

It’s great to see our new CNC press brake making it’s presence felt with a project which needed long housings to be bent very accurately. These housings have been CNC punched from 2mm thick zintec with an array of ventilation louvre forms on our Trumpf 3000R CNC punch press. Some sections of these housings have been formed into curves with a multi-bend sequence. The Safan CNC press brake has been a great asset to our workshop since it’s installation in June 2015 and as time goes by and we create more programs for it we will see production speed up on repeat batch work.

Perhaps you have a sheet metal housing that you purchase and would like us to take a look for you and see if we can improve the design or reduce your costs. Please give us a call on 01489 577786 or send us your drawings and we will be happy to help you.


Sheet metal work supplier August 2015

Tuesday, August 4th, 2015

CNC bending sheet metal work

CNC bending sheet metal work

Now we have had our new Safan e-Brake in production for a couple of months we can already see the advantages of its quiet, quick no nonsense approach to folding sheet metal work. We have got to grips with the CNC programming system really quickly and are already seeing some common parts repeating with stored CNC programs coming in very handy. The ability to swap jobs up to 1M long between the Safan and our 2 Trumpf 7036 CNC press brakes will be really useful at busy times to help reduce production bottle necks. These mild steel housings were one of the first major bending projects to come off the new CNC press brake but we have already folded stainless steel, aluminium and pre-painted mild steel parts. We are certainly looking forward to a busy month in August.

Mild steel formed sections

Mild steel formed sections

These mild steel formed sections are part of a series of items manufactured for heater air curtain units. They have been laser cut and then folded up on our Trumpf 7036 CNC press brakes using a multi-bend programming technique to create the curved sections out of a series of flats. We have produced these before but this time the volume was bigger and some design changes were made which is easy to accommodate with these machines as the old CNC program is saved on the system server and easily modified ready for the latest batch of parts. We can use this to save the cost of special form tools on a host of material types and gauges. Please give us a call and we will be happy to look at your sheet metal work projects and see if this technique can help you.

Folded sheet metal chassis housings

Folded sheet metal chassis housings

Sheet metal chassis housings such as these are typical of the work that V and F Sheet Metal make on a regular basis. These chassis were made from zintec coated mild steel but they could just as well have been made from aluminium alloys or stainless steel. Volumes from just a few off samples to many hundreds in a batch are quite typical for us and with our CNC punching, CNC laser cutting and range of CNC press brakes anything from the simplest to the most complex parts can be taken on for you.

For any of your sheet metal work project needs please give us a call on 01489 57786 or e-mail us your drawings at sales@vandf.co.uk and we will be happy to take a look for you.