The team here at Yorkshire Laser and Fabrication have more than 24 years’ worth of experience in CNC punching and folding. We are able to offer a range of different metal folding solutions, allowing us to select the most efficient and appropriate method to suit the individual needs of our customers. We’re also extremely proud to boast a vast variety of tooling experience including many specials like hemming, deep goose necks, window tools, joggle tools, radius tools and various other form tools. No matter the requirement, we are sure to find a tooling solution to match!
What is CNC Folding?
For those of you that don’t know, CNC (Computer Numerically Controlled) folding is a manufacturing process that is carried out by a CNC machine and CNC press brakes. This process may also be referred to as CNC bending. The machines used in this process are capable of bending sheet metal work with ease. For this reason, most brackets, enclosures, electrical boxes and metal components are formed through this process.
A piece of sheet metal is bent into shape when it is forced between two tools by a press brake. The upper tool, called the punch, pushes the sheet metal against the bottom tool, called the die. The movement of the punch and die is controlled by the press brake, providing force via the use of hydraulic rams and electrical motors.
Yorkshire Laser’s CNC Folding Capabilities
All of our presses are top-of-the-range machines, allowing us to provide premium quality CNC folding services. We have three presses in total, all of which offer the following features that help to guarantee total accuracy and quality results:
- Dynamically adjustable crowning to ensure bend accuracy the full length of the part;
- Dynamic pressure referencing to sense variations in material strength and thickness;
- Super-efficient high-speed hydraulic rams to speed up component time;
- Quick action tool clamping to dramatically reduce setup times;
- Digi pro and BIS bend angle measurement devices to ensure parts are consistently bent to exactly the right angle;
- Full 3D controllers linking to offline 3D software generated programmes
- Easier and faster manufacturing process for prototypes and one-off components
- Up to 4 metres wide and 220 tons in hydraulic pressure
- Huge range of standard and non-standard tooling
- 24-hours a day 5 days a week production
From Design Art to Manufactured Part
‘From art to part’ is the concept of designing a part in model space and then running this component through the press software. This allows us to quickly generate an accurate part blank size. As well as this, a folding programme that the operator can download on the press will highlight what tooling to use and how to fold the part. The whole theory of this concept is to get away from the bad old days of making a part, checking if it is suitable and then throwing it away before making another one with a slight adjustment. If you have an assembly with a lot of parts, you can only imagine what a long, slow and tedious scenario this is!
Look What Our Customers Have to Say
Luckily this is a thing of the past for Yorkshire Laser’s customers as our combination of expertise, software capability, equipment and tooling guarantees you cost-effective results. Obtain these results quickly and with high-quality turnaround regardless of the order size.
Our existing customers are delighted, as you’ll see below, so call us now or apply for an online quote to be equally as satisfied!
“Yorkshire Laser & Fabrication’s manufacturing advice together with having an all-round capability and on-time delivery is of great help to us.” – Alastair Coulbeck (managing director of a specialist supplier to the motor trade).