Central Patternmaking Starts Life

Central Patternmaking Company Limited is formed as subsidiary of C & L Hill Limited

Advert For Central Patternmaking Co

Patterns for General Engineering Trades
Central Patternmaking Advert from 1938

Profit High

The company makes a profit of £478!

New Owners

The business assets are bought by John Sawbridge and Arthur Healey, who continue trading as Central Patternmaking

Sawbridge And Healey Limited

The company is incorporated as Sawbridge and Healey Limited

Changing The Name

The company changes its name to Sawbridge and Healey (Central Patternmaking) Limited

John Sawbridge Takes Over

John Sawbridge acquires full ownership of the business and the company is renamed as Central Patternmaking Limited

First CNC Machine

The company invests in its first CNC machine, a Bridgeport Interact 1 Mk 2
Bridgeport Interact 1 Mk2

Introduction Of CADCAM

CADCAM is introduced into Central Patternmaking as it purchases its first seats of PowerSHAPE and PowerMILL by Delcam.
Introduction of CADCAM

First High-Speed CNC

The company invests in its first high-speed CNC, a Bridgeport VMC1000
Bridgeport VMC1000

Matthew Sawbridge Joins The Company

John Sawbridge passes away later that year
Matthew Sawbridge

Manual Mark-Outs Are History

A Stiefelmeyer Minicheck B becomes the company's first CMM, allowing patterns to be inspected directly against CAD models
First CMM

ISO9002:1994 Accreditation

The company gains accreditation to ISO9002:1994

ISO9001:2000 Accreditation

The company is accredited to the updated quality standard ISO9001:2000

Relocation To Stringes Lane

The company relocates to its current 11500 ft² premises, still on Stringes Lane.
Central Patternmaking, Stringes Lane

New Appointment, Sales Manager

Alan Sowerby is appointed Sales Manager, and the company embarks upon diversification into the mould tool and jigs and fixtures markets.
Alan Sowerby, Sales Manager

ISO9001:2008 Accreditation

The company is accredited to the updated quality standard ISO9001:2008

First 5 Axis CNC Machine

The company makes its first investment in 5 axis CNC machining, purchasing a CMS Antares
CMS Antares

Inspection Facilities Doubled

A Faro Gage CMM arm and Powerinspect software are acquired, doubling the size of the company’s inspection facility.
Faro Gage CMM Arm

Mazak 630 Variaxis II Acquired

The company acquires a Mazak 630 Variaxis II 5 axis CNC machine
Mazak 630 Variaxis II 5 axis CNC machine

Second 5 Axis CNC Machine Acquired

The company acquires its second Mazak 630 Variaxis II 5 axis CNC machine
Mazak 630 Variaxis II 5 axis CNC machine

Third Mazak 5 Axis CNC Machine

A third Mazak 5 axis CNC machine is commisioned, a Variaxis J600 5X
Mazak 5 axis CNC machine, a Variaxis J600 5X

Faro Inspection Arm Installed

The company invests in its second inspection arm, a Faro Edge with integrated laser scanner
A Faro Inspection Arm with an integrated laser scanner

New 3 axis CNC installed

A third Quaser 3 axis CNC machine is commissioned, an MV184P with a Heidenhain 640 control
A Quaser 3 axis CNC machine with a Heidenhain 640 control

Our largest 3 axis CNC installed

Our largest 3 axis CNC is installed - a Quaser MV214P with a stroke of 1524 x 700 x 510

About us

Central Patternmaking Premises

Established for over 80 years, we are a leading supplier of tooling solutions to a range industries.

We are ISO9001 accredited, and use the latest CADCAM technology to produce a range of tooling, principally:

  • Foundry tooling
  • Composite and motorsport tooling
  • Jigs and fixtures
  • Mould tooling

Our 11500ft² facility in the West Midlands is only a short distance from the M6 motorway, and so we are within easy reach of our UK customer base.

As a family-owned and run company we care about the service we provide to our customers. We have a personal, hands-on approach, which means that each tool we manufacture comes with our own stamp of approval.

Central Patternmaking Delivery
Loose blown coreboxes produced from tooling board
Central Patternmaking staff factory floor

Central Patternmaking, the largest supplier of tooling to the Castings PLC Group, continues to raise its game with the highest standards, attention to detail and ever decreasing lead times that we demand.

Glen Elmy, Local Director, Castings PLC