About AE Forrest

There's no substitute for experience and we've been working on cutting edge projects for over 40 years. AE Forrest have a proven track record of getting it right first time, on time and to our clients' complete satisfaction

Allan Forrest, the proprietor of AE Forrest, started his patternmaking apprenticeship at Loudon Products of Cleland, Motherwell in 1967.

From here he learned and honed his skills working with wood, metal, and resin work, all in the aid to produce the required pattern equipement for the local shipyards, Rolls Royce turbine casings and also small water pump impellers.

Allan then took the leap in 1988 and started up on his own continuing on with the traditional patternmaking, from there he then progressed into large fibreglass production masters and moulds for buses and also scale model ships.

With advancements in technology the company decided to invest in CNC machinery along with Delcam Cad Cam software and in 1998 bought its first full 3D CNC Bridgeport.

At this point The company utilised the experience it had gained and combined manual patternmaking with CNC machining, continually evolving with larger jobs and creating the need for the large Thermwood 5 axis CNC in 2008. This has continued on through the years with the increased demand for accurate production of patterns and we now have a wide range of cutting edge machinery including full 3D scanning and basic 3D printing facilities.

Machine Capacity

CNC Milling Machines

Hurco DCX 32 – 3200mm x 2200mm x 920mm
Thermwood Model 90 5-Axis – 3000mm x 2000mm x 900mm
JOBS JOMACH 131 5-Axis – 2500mm x 1250mm x 900mm
Hurco DCX22 – 2200mm x 1700mm x 750mm
Bridgeport VMC 2000 portal – 2000mm x 800mm x 500mm
Bridgeport VMC 1500 portal – 1500mm x 800mm x 500mm
Dmg 100v Hi-Dyn 100v – 1000mm x 800mm x 600mm
Hurco TM12i – Z:1000mm, Max Swing Diameter: 680mm, Max Travel Diameter: 510mm

Other Plant

Oerlikon 300 amp Mig welder
Lincoln 300 amp square wave Tig welder
1200mm roller press
40 inch Edwards box pan folder
3.6 metre Cimcore checking arm

Manual Machines

Chester 2680 – 2000mm Between Centres, Max Swing Diameter: 870mm, Max Travel Diameter:660mm
Boko 6 Axis Manual Mill – 1800mm x 900mm x 900mm
Colchester Triumph 2000 Lathe
Wadkin WX Patternmiller
Wadkin 28 inch Bandsaw
Wadkin 34 inch Bandsaw
Wadkin 30 inch Double Disc Sander
Wadkin 12 inch Edger Planer
Philipson Profiler
Griggio 10 x 5 Panel Saw
Meddings Pillar Drill

Other Plant

Oerlikon 300 amp Mig Welder
Miller 450 amp Mig Welder
Lincoln 300 amp Square Wave Tig Welder
1200mm Roller Press
40 inch Edwards Box Pan Folder
3.6 metre Cimcore Checking Arm

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