The Advanced Tooling Technology for Custom Metal Fabrication in Toronto

Custom metal fabrication in Toronto involves all activities related to the cutting, bending, and forming of a metal component. Typically, bending a complex part requires an accurate press brake, the right tools, and an experienced operator.


The shift from conventional brake setup to automatic tool change (ATC) is also highly in demand. For ATC, the automation must be done in a way that it can easily identify and locate the specifications of each tool used in standard or custom metal fabrication in Toronto.


As parts become more complex, it becomes more difficult to convert from 2D to 3D components. This urged equipment and tooling manufacturers to make the bending process and tooling selection easier, and design and delivery faster. The advanced technology that has emerged in the last decade helps increase machine tool precision and speed. Intuitive software packages are now able to eliminate human error and produce at consistent levels of quality. 


In addition, standard tooling can now function with a wide variety of materials and bends. However, there are still some projects for which an engineer must know when special tools are needed to do the job. To prevent collision during bending, the application may require a special working height, cutout area, or tip radius.


To keep pace with the trend of “Industry 4.0”, we rely on advanced software tools that support engineering processes during custom metal fabrication. They help in choosing the best tools and design needed to complete the job. Specific information about material type and thickness will also be provided, along with the critical bends of the parts to be fabricated.


The system must be able to find the correct tools in the storage and place those exactly into the brake. In this way, the robot can easily pick the right tool and then load it into the machine. This technology is essential as parts are getting more and more complex and often smaller.