Cutting Edge Fabrication (CEF) is a leading metal forming service provider catering to many industries. The company has been providing high-quality metal-forming solutions for over three decades. We use specialized equipment and techniques for forming projects, including press brakes and rolling machines. Our dedicated, highly skilled team is always available to answer any questions and advise on the best metal-forming solutions for your business, ensuring that fabrications meet the highest standards. CEF has a reputation for producing high-quality, durable, reliable products, which means you can trust the products to perform well, even in demanding environments.
A press brake is a standard piece of equipment in any custom fabrication shop that bends sheet metal. Our team and state-of-the-art hydraulic presses take our press brake forming service to the highest quality level. Heavy-duty CNC press brakes at the foundation with computer-controlled backgauges and brake force pressuring. Our engineers and designers can program the exact placement, bend angle, and brake force required to form complex radius, convex, concave, and conical metal panels and parts; each metal type and thickness demands a unique approach. Our highly-skilled operators use custom gauges and other measuring devices to deliver the desired shape to final specifications. CEF has several press brakes, with the largest being a 20-foot with 750 tons of force.
Metal Shape Forming
thick plate and sheet
Cutting Edge’s 20-foot press brake uses 750 tons of force to form various metal types and thicknesses. The video shows the bump-forming of a 183” x 63.125” x .25” thick ASTM A572-50 steel plate. Four bump positions with varying CNC-controlled brake force created the 45° radius corner part.
The video shows the conical bump bending of a .25” thick ASTM A572-50 steel plate on our 12-foot, 400-ton press brake. Our highly trained operators applied 25 different bump positions to form this part with varying brake force applied by CNC control.
CEF’s 20-foot, 750-ton press brake forms a 1.25” thick piece of A36 steel plate. The CNC-controlled automated backgauge delivers accurate positioning during the brake press process.
Our rolling machine features 4-roll precision technology, including CNC control with a rolling bending width of up to 74.0” (6,000 mm), .4375” (11 mm) sheet metal thickness, and a pre-bending thickness of .3125” (8 mm). We can roll plates into rings, complex compound radiuses, and cone shapes.
Metal forming is a broad category of manufacturing processes involving compressive forces to reshape metal into various complex geometries. The metal-forming processes are bulk forming and sheet forming. Bulk-forming operates on a large volume of metal, typically through forging or extrusion, while sheet-forming processes involve manipulating thin metal sheets, such as bending, stamping, or deep drawing. These metal-forming processes are widely used in the automotive, aerospace, and construction industries to produce high-quality metal components with precise shapes and dimensions.