Cincinnati Incorporated (CI) has made a new productive link between metal fabrication and additive manufacturing. The American machine tool manufacturer will showcase this concept at FABTECH 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. A trio of 3D printed press brake process enhancements will be on display and demonstrated at Cincinnati booth B5543 in the Additive Pavilion. The three 3D printed press brake enhancements to be showcased are printed upper and lower airbend tooling, printed backgage fingers and a printed inspection gauge.
3D printing of standard American style upper and lower airbend tooling is particularly useful for specialized jobs, prototyping, or short production runs, eliminating associated engineering and production times that cause delays in getting these types of jobs up and running in a timely manner. These innovations are 3D printed using PLA, a milk-based plastic, which offers a green, environmentally friendly benefit. Prototype fabricators working in 12-gauge or thinner materials are ideal for this new technology, as are fabricators forming smaller specialty parts.