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Sheet metal work is the manufacture of components and products, as well as parts made from metal. Sheet metal work involves a variety of processes including cutting, welding, and bending. It also includes forming, punching, joining and rolling. Sheet metal working produces both soft as well as resistant sheets. Read More…

Sheet Metal Work Sheet metal work includes the various processes involved in heating and shaping metal sheets. In general, sheet metal is created by compressing the metal materials between rollers. Once compressed, the sheet metal can be bent, drawn, cut, punched, or stretched. These processes are responsible for forming the metal into a different shape, surface, or size. Most metal working processes require heating the metal.
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Allenton, WI  |  262-251-1632

Maysteel provides complex sheet metal fabrication with a focus on design for manufacturing. Founded in 1936, we combine our extensive engineering experience and market knowledge with an expanding supply chain footprint, allowing us to fabricate products that others can’t. We design, engineer and manufacture custom OEM sheet metal enclosures, kiosks, cabinets and racks. We have locations in the U.S. and Mexico, as well as partnerships in Europe. For more information, visit www.maysteel.com.

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Union Grove, WI  |  262-878-4220

In business since 1972, our team at M & W Shops can assist you with all of your sheet metal fabricating needs. Capabilities include custom work, design assistance, volume production, and more.

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Cicero, IL  |  773-432-4720

Accurate has been providing metal fabrication to OEM's and job shops for over 65 years. We engineer, perforate, and fabricate to the most precise specifications for the most demanding companies. We offer a full range of metal customization and fabrication capabilities that bring your design to reality. Our abilities range from forming and laser-cutting to punching and welding.

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Gurnee, IL  |  847-855-9200

Since 1981, American Industrial has been on the cutting edge of all things sheet metal. This has helped us achieve our spot as a leader of the industry.

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Rowlett, TX  |  972-475-4747

H&S Manufacturing offers high quality custom sheet metal fabrication services for clients in a broad range of industries, from lighting to medical and defense. Our ISO 9001:2015 registered facility allows for shearing, punching, graining, notching, and extruding processes. Materials include aluminum, cold and hot rolled steel, stainless steel, brass, and copper.

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Kent, WA  |  800-867-0655

Buyken is a metal fabrication manufacturer based in Seattle. We offer cutting, stamping, forming, machining, and welding services to OEM, aerospace, automotive, marine, and construction industries. We are AS9100:2016 and ISO9001:D certified.

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These sheets will exhibit different properties depending on the type of alloy used. For instance, during the process of metalworking, some elements can be added to liquid steel. These added elements will, in turn, determine the properties of the sheet material produced. These elements include nickel, silicon, chromium, copper, titanium, molybdenum, and niobium. In the process of metal working, sheets can be made from a variety of steel or aluminum grades, as well as other metals.

Types of Sheet Metal Work Processes

The different types of sheet metal work processes include:

Forming

This process includes rolling, bending, and forging. In this process of manufacture, there is the maintenance of the cohesion of the material. However, during the process of sheet metal working, the shape of the workpiece that already exists is modified by plastic deformation. The rolling of steel is an example of forming in metal working. The process of sheet metal working involves hot and cold forming. In the hot forming process, greater formability is attained at high rolling temperatures since the occurring forces will be lower than during the process of cold forming.

formed metal sheets

Separation

The separation process involves cutting and punching. In this process, the shape of the workpiece is changed by locally eliminating the cohesion. This type of sheet metal working contains the final shape of the workpiece in its original form. Separation is one of the techniques of metal working that includes dismantling composite bodies.

Cutting

The cutting processes involved in sheet metal work include milling, sawing, drilling, filing, thermal cutting, lapping, broaching, and honing. During the course of the metalworking process, the actual cutting process occurs at the point of action. This is the point where the machine or another tool acts on the workpiece.

Joining

The joining process involves welding and soldering. In sheet metal working, joining is one of the main production techniques. In this process, at least two bodies are joined together permanently. It is important that the bodies take on a specific geometric shape through sheet metal processing. Joining also includes gluing and screwing, upsetting, riveting, and joining by shearing. For the establishment of a connection between workpieces, it is sometimes necessary to use further components like screws, pins, rivets, or wedges. Furthermore, specific tools like impact wrenches, soldering irons, and other tools are often utilized in this stage of production.

welding process

Surface Treatment

In metal work, surface technology covers all technologies that enable the changing of the surface properties of workpieces. It is therefore important to supplement the primary function of a workpiece in metal working by surface treatment with additional functions. The primary goal of any sheet metal working manufacturing technique is to achieve the principle of functional separation between a tool, or component, and the surface of the workpiece.

The workpiece’s volume has a specific function and some specific characteristics including strength, machinability, weight, etc. When there is the use of a surface technology process in sheet metal working, the tool or workpiece can be optimized so that it fulfills a specific requirement profile. This process not only helps the workpiece fulfill a specific requirement profile but also allows it to have a broad range of functions.

Applications of Sheet Metal Work

  • Sheet metal work is utilized in the automobile industry. It is used for building bodies for cars, airplanes, ships, and boats.
  • It is used in the energy industry for making transformers, as well as other electric machines.
  • Sheet metal work is utilized in the construction industry for designing roofing solutions for buildings.
  • Sheet metalworking can be used for producing sheet metals for decorative features on buildings such as doors, arches, and windows. These sheet metal features are often made from silver, gold, or platinum material.

Benefits of Sheet Metal Work

  • Sheet metal work produces highly durable parts.
  • It also produces high-precision parts.
  • The products of sheet metal work are aesthetically pleasing.
  • Sheet metal work is cost-effective.
  • High-strength products are produced by the sheet metal working process.

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