Shaping processes take stock material in solid form and through the primary action of material removal, transform the material into a required shape.
Processes typically involve a cutting tool, which can be contact or non-contact. Processes such as CNC Milling or CNC Turning involve the physical contact between a cutting tool and workpiece. An example of a non-contact process would be Laser Cutting or Waterjet Cutting - the "tool" in this case directs cutting media which provides the cutting action.
Diverse Range in The UK
The application and variety of Shaping Manufacturing Processes in the UK is highly diverse - with CNC Machine shops varying greatly in the size of machinery, and workpieces.
The application of profiling or non-contact manufacturing processes using Laser Cutting and Plasma Cutting beams is just as diverse - with applications cutting with precision down to sub-micron levels, right up to the flame cutting of profiles in excess of 300mm in thickness.
Processes Typically Combined with Shaping
Shaping Processes are often found in combination with; Bending Processes for further shaping, Joining Processes for Fabrication, Finishing & Treatment Processes to impart favourable properties to a surface or a components bulk.