Precision Tooling Blog

The Latest from the Team at Mate


  • 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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  • CO2 and Fiber Lens Maintenance

      February 21, 2018

    Optics care is paramount to the performance of laser cutting. It is recommended by Mate, all OEMs and optic manufacturers to clean optics often. As the power of the laser increases, proper optics maintenance becomes more vital. Mate LENSMATE lens maintenance products are a necessary part of the cleaning process. Mate offers a variety of […]

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  • Protecting Your Investment in Punch Tooling

      January 24, 2018

    Have you ever looked at a home appliance and wondered how it was made? Chances are that many of the components were produced on a Computer Numerical Control (CNC) punch press. CNC uses computers to contorl large machine tools. CNC tools include lathes, mills, routers, grinders, lasers and, of course, punch presses. CNC punch press […]

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  • 2017 In Review

      December 20, 2017

    Mate began 2017 by unveiling our new mission statement, which is the very essence of who we are: To personally respect, support and inspire sheet metal professionals around the world with high-quality precision tooling and services. We have worked to fulfill our mission daily in our interactions with you, our customer, through the products we […]

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  • Introducing American Precision Style Press Brake Tooling with Maglock™

      November 15, 2017

    Mate is excited to announce the expansion of its press brake tooling line with the introduction of American Precision Style press brake tooling featuring the all new, groundbreaking Maglock™ Magnetic Safety System. Introduced at Fabtech 2017 in Chicago, Mate American Precision Style press brake tooling is standard with an industry first from Mate: the patent-pending […]

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