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Formed Components

Forming – the bending and shaping of parts.

Forming, metal forming, is the metalworking process of fashioning metal parts and objects through mechanical deformation; the workpiece is reshaped without adding or removing material, and its mass remains unchanged.
Forming (metalworking)
– Wikipedia

In addition to manufacturing your parts we are able to offer a variety of forming solutions to suit your individual needs. Whilst our area of expertise falls in Prototyping and low volume production runs we can offer competitive rates for larger runs.

For parts formed using hard tooling a tolerance of +/- 0.1mm is generally required (this is dependent of the complexity of the forming and the thickness of the part).
Note: If you can relax your tolerances this may save you money!

Formed Components Benefits

  • Various forming options available
  • Prototyping and low volume production runs
  • Competitive rates for larger runs

Methods of Forming:

Half Etch forming

Option 1: Half Etch Fold Lines

We are able to etch lines into a part. These lines are only etched half way through the metal. By doing this, the metal can be bent.

  • There is no form tooling charge.
  • Ideal for simple angle bends.
  • The parts can be formed in house by us.
  • You can form the parts on site yourselves.
  • Least accurate method of forming.
  • More generous tolerances are normally required
Formed Uni-Tool

Option 2: Uni-Tool

Photofab have developed a “Uni-Tool”, which is an adaptable piece of hard tooling.

  • There is no form tooling charge.
  • Low part price.
  • Fast turnaround.
  • Ideal for simple forming operations.
  • Good for prototypes.
  • Good for runs of up to 200 parts.
  • Good for accuracy.
Knife and Forking Prototypes

Option 3: Knife and Forking Prototypes

This is a hard tooling method, which uses several more complicated pieces of universal tooling and can cope better with more complicated parts.

  • There is no form tooling charge.
  • Ideal for more intricate forming operations.
  • Good for prototypes.
  • Good for runs up to 200 parts.
  • Good for accuracy.
Hard Form Tooling

Option 4: Hard Form Tooling

Hard tooling to fit one of the fly or toggle presses is made, which can only be used on one particular part.

  • This method incurs a form tooling charge – from £50 upwards.
  • Ideal for intricate forming operations.
  • Ideal for large quantities.
  • Very good for accuracy – generally to within +/- .1mm, subject to drawings.
Screening Can Tooling

Screening Can Tooling

No Tooling Cost – Photofab have designed a series of tools which are adaptable pieces of hard tooling designed specifically for screening cans. Providing low costs option for spring Fingered lids. Suitable for parts up to 200mm in length and width, however the spring fingered legs need to be a minimum developed length of 3mm and rectangular for this method to be suitable.

Spot welding

Soldering and Spot Welding

Photofab are able to solder and / or spot weld components, whether you require a seam soldered or two pieces spot welded together we can help.

tool room services

General Toolroom Services

Photofab regularly provide precision surface grinding of metal, along with milling, turning, reaming, drilling and much more. If you have a need for a discipline not mentioned, please do contact us using the form below and ask.

etching and forming

Assembly

Our capabilities of assembling diverse components, allows customers to reduce their supply base using Photofab’s logistical control team. We have a highly skilled team who will take your requirements, manufacture the components from raw materials, then assemble to your specifications.

If you want to ask us any questions or have us draw you up a sample quotation, please contact us on 01480 226699 or complete our contact form. Alternatively see what other photo etching services we can offer.

More Engineering Services offered – contact our sales team for further info.

  • Spot Welding
  • Soldering
  • Milling
  • Turning
  • Surface Grinding

To find out more about the Photo Etching Process please either contact us on 01480 226699, or take “The Process Tour”.

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