Cincinnati Inc. Demos 3D-Printed Press-Brake Tooling At 2018 FABTECH

Harrison, Ohio company, Cincinnati Inc., will be showcasing something new at this year’s iteration of FABTECH, held at Atlanta, Georgia, on the 6th to the 8th of November.

The company will be showing off a new productive link between metal fabrication and additive manufacturing, using 3D printing technology for a new pressbrake upgrade, which they will display at their booth. CI will be showing a trio of 3D printed press brake process enhancements at their booth, B5543, in the FABTECH Additive Pavilion.

The three 3D printed pressbrake upgrade enhancement cover upper and lower air-bend tooling, back gauge fingers, and new inspection gauges.

The plastic used for the 3D printed tools is polylactic acid, a thermoplastic polymer that’s made from renewable resources, such as corn starch and/or sugar cane, classified as a biodegradable bioplastic. The milk-based plastic used to print these parts offer benefits, more than in production and manufacturing thanks to their renewable nature.

The manufacturing industry has tested 3D printed tools, discovering the products of the process to be great for specialized and short production job; the technology is ideal for prototype fabricators working 12-gauge or thinner materials, as well as those that make smaller specialty machine parts. 3D printed tools also allow suppliers to bypass the engineering and production tasks, as well as their associated costs, which have a tendency to getting such production runs and jobs from proceeding in a timely manner.

According to CI Senior Product Specialist of Vertical Motion Products, Mark Watson, the company has been working closely with additive and press-brake tooling ever since 2014, with the objective of improving the efficacy of forming with 3D-printed pieces. He says that they have long heard thatit’s impossible to find the link that connects the additive to the fabrication process, which is why they’ve visited Atlanta with the aim of proving otherwise.

Watson added that 3D printed technology is very much a design tool, one that opens a lot possibility for the industry at large. He says that customers will also be able to reap the benefits from this new technology, and he hopes that this demo will be something akin to a ‘light-bulb moment’.