Precision Tooling Blog

The Latest from the Team at Mate


      October 31, 2018

    We’re off to Atlanta next week for FABTECH 2018. Last year almost 45,000 people from 120 countries attended the show in Chicago. Atlanta should see tens of thousands gather for this annual event showcasing the latest in sheet metal fabricating technology. If you’re attending FABTECH 2018, be sure to stop by our booth, B7819, to […]

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  • Mate Modular Die Holders — A Great Way to Upgrade Your Press Brake

      September 25, 2018

    Setting up a press brake is all about controlling variables. The more variables you have to control, the longer it takes to work out the inaccuracies during a setup. During years of normal use, a press brake bed/die holder may become worn, dented, and dinged to the point that part quality and setup times are […]

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  • Mild Steel Cutting with CO2 Lasers

      August 28, 2018

    Cutting mild steel with a laser is a balance of how much material is heated with the laser beam and how much assist gas flows through the cut. Rather than having a proper kerf, you could end up with either a narrow or wide kerf, which can affect part quality and appearance. Narrow Kerf Heating […]

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  • Reducing Oil Canning When Perforating

      July 24, 2018

    Oil canning or sheet rolling and deformations is very common when perforating. When a border is used around the perimeter of the part the challenges are compounded. As the sheet expands and tension is released the sheet starts to warp adding complicated secondary work and in extreme cases scrap as the sheet will pull out […]

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  • Common Height Tooling American Style

    Mate American Precision Style Common Height Press Brake Tools

      June 26, 2018

    Mate American Precision Style press brake tools are purposefully designed with safety and productivity in mind. The best performing machines use safety systems that work together with the tooling. These systems maximize material processing, which requires common punch and die heights. Having a common pass line for the workpiece helps keep productivity high and unwanted […]

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  • A Simple Focal Test

      May 23, 2018

    Focus quality and cutting speed are critically dependent on the correct placement of the focal point relative to the material. Automatic machine parameters, which are programmed into the new lasers, usually make these minor vertical adjustments. The focal point may be moved 10-50 thousandths of an inch to provide the best cutting conditions. Occasionally the […]

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  • Solid Models and Dimensioned Drawings

      April 18, 2018

    When I started designed sheet metal parts and the tooling to make, the best technology available to use was a good mechanical pencil and electric eraser. Time has moved us forward into the world where we now model parts instead of drawing parts. Sheet metal model of formed open end louvers. These model parts exist […]

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  • Choosing the Correct Punch Tip Radius for Air Bending

      March 21, 2018

    When we air bend sheet metal, the size of the die V-opening determines the inside radius of the bend. The metal forms to a natural radius based on the size of the die V-opening. The punch tip radius usually has little influence. Does this mean that one size punch tip radius will work well with […]

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