The Fabricator®

May 2001
The FABRICATOR® is North America's leading magazine for the metal forming and fabricating industry. The magazine delivers the news, technical articles, and case histories that enable fabricators to do their jobs more efficiently. The FABRICATOR has served the industry since 1971. Print subscriptions are free to qualified persons in North America involved in metal forming and fabricating.

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Selected articles from the May 2001 issue available online:

Laser cutting 3-D preformed parts

July 11, 2006

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This article describes how a fabricator can use the advances in modern CAD/CAM software to cut preformed parts quickly on a sophisticated, multiaxis rotary laser. It specifically examines surface data cleanup, conversion, work envelope check, cutting simulation, fixture design and code generation, and fixture cutting and positioning options of newer programs.

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Metal stamping and electromagnetic forming: New process improves material formability, reduces wrinkling

October 25, 2001

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This article describes the development of electromagnetic forming (EMF) and how EMF works.

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Recovering from press overload: Protection systems help to sense overload and minimize machine, tool damage

September 4, 2001

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This article discusses what hydraulic overload protection system is and gives a brief description of the three main types.

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Automated tube welding of heat exchangers

April 24, 2001

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Harris Thermal Transfer Products, Newberg, Oregon, is an American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)-code shop that focuses mainly on the production of shell and tube heat exchangers.

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Predicting the outcomes of laser thermal forming

April 24, 2001

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Applying a laser or any other high-density heat source to the surface of a metal sheet for a short time will distort the metal. If this distortion could be predicted, the laser could be directed so that the sheet metal would form the desired shape. This idea opens up many possibilities, including...

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Deep drawing irregular sheet components: How cushion systems and die stiffness affect the operation

April 24, 2001

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Innovations in die technology are helping stampers adjust to the many variations that can occur during the stamping process.

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