Metal Fabrication and Cutting

Complete fabrication capabilities to provide quick turnaround of laser, plasma and metal formed components up to 10’ wide by 40’ long. A large capacity, modern equipment and the latest computer aided design software (otherwise known as CAD) allows for a variety of metal material grades and thicknesses to be sawed, plasma and laser cut, formed, and machined for fabricated products.

Laser Cutting

Available Types of Cutting and Bending

All manufacturing services are under one roof for efficiency in high volume contract fabrication.

Laser Cutting

A focused laser beam is directed at the material, which may melt, burn, vaporize away or is blown away by a jet of gas leaving an edge with a high-quality surface finish. Often used to cut flat-sheet material as well as structural and piping materials.

High Def Plasma

A process that cuts through electrically conductive materials by an accelerated jet of hot plasma.  A plasma torch is used to cut through steel, stainless steel, aluminum, brass and copper, although other conductive metals may be cut as well. 

Oxy-fuel cutting

Uses fuel gases and oxygen to cut metals. Pure oxygen is used to increase the flame temperature which produces localized melting of the metal or steel material. The initial cut is known as a piercing. 

Saw Cutting

Is used for rough-cutting excess material away before machining or cutting curved patterns in sheet metal. 

Press Break Forming

One of the oldest mechanical metal deformation processes. A press break is used to bend sheet metal. The machine makes predetermined bends by clamping the workpiece between a matching punch and die.

Plate Rolling

A plate rolling machine is used to roll different kinds of metal sheets into round or conical shapes.

CNC Machining Services

The CNC machine manufacturing process is used to control complex machinery, from grinders and lathes to mills and routers. First, a direct link to the CAD and CAM (Computer-aided manufacturing) network is used to increase efficiency and accuracy, while decreasing costs. The CNC controlled machines are capable of saving specific bend formulas and die combinations to assure parts meet specification every time. The CNC equipment and experienced machine operators can output the highest quality, repeatable metal parts – big or small. 

Accepted CAD Designs

Existing CAD geometry may be supplied for fabricated steel components and part projects. The following file types are accepted: NEED ACTUAL FILE TYPES ACCEPTED

Common CAD File Extensions used in Manufacturing

The most common CAD file extensions include .DWG, .DXF, .DGN, and .STL. Two-Dimensional or 2D CAD designs are often referred to as drawings. Three-Dimensional or 3D CAD designs are frequently named models, parts or assemblies.

All CAD File Formats by Software and Extension

Brep or Boundary Representation is a true CAD format. Visrep or Visual Representation is a polygonal or tessellation format.

Software Extensions Brep or Visrep
3D PDF .PDF Visrep
3D XML .3DXML Visrep
3DS Max Files .3DS, .MAX Visrep
ACIS Model & Assembly Files .SAT, .ASAT, .SAB, .ASAB Brep
Alias Model file .WIRE Visrep
AutoCAD Drawing Files .DWG, .DXF Brep and Visrep
Autodesk Filmbox Format .FBX Visrep
BobCAD-CAM File .CAD  
CATIA V4 Part & Assembly Files .MODEL Brep
CATIA V5 Parts and Assemblies .CATPart, .CATProduct Brep
CATIA V5 Graphical Representation File .CGR Visrep
CATIA V6 Part and Assembly Files .CATPart & .CATProduct Brep
Collada Object Format .DAE Visrep
Creo Part and Assembly Files .DRW, .PRT, .ASM Brep
Fusion 360 Files .F3Z, .F3D, .CAM360 Brep
Generic CADD Files .CMP, .GCD Brep
Geomagic GeomView Design File .WRP  
Gerber Printed Circuit Board File .GBX  
HOOPS Metafile Format File .HMF Visrep
HOOPS Stream Format File .HSF Visrep
Inventor .IPT, .IAM Brep
IronCAD .ICS Brep
JT .JT Both
KeyCreator Part & Assembly Files .CKD, CDL Brep
Kubotek Design Container File .CKD Brep
Lightwave Object File .LWO Visrep
Microstation Design Files .DGN Brep
Modo Scene Format .LXO Visrep
Navisworks Files .NWC, .NWD, .NWF  
NX Part and Assembly Files .PRT Brep
Parasolid Model File .X_T, .X_B Brep
POD .POD Visrep
PLY .PLY Visrep
Pro/Engineer Granite File .G Brep
Pro/Engineer Part and Assembly Files .PRT, .ASM Brep
Rhino 3D Model File .3DM Brep
Sketchup .SKP Visrep
SMlib .SMS, .IWB, IWP Brep
Solid Edge .PAR, .ASM, .PSM Brep
SOLIDWORKS eDrawing File .EDRW  
SOLIDWORKS Part & Assembly Files .SLDPRT, .SLDASM Brep
Stereolithography Files .STL Visrep
Unigraphics Part & Assembly Files .PRT Brep
Wavefront .OBJ Visrep
ZBrush Files .ZBR, .ZPR Visrep
ZW3D .Z3 Brep
VRML .WRL Visrep
WebGL .HTML Visrep
Hutchinson Manufacturing, LLC

Hutchinson Manufacturing, LLC