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Sheet metal work is the process of metalworking that forms new products from various types of sheet metal. Heating processes are used to harden or soften sheet metal by heating or cooling it until it reaches the desired level of hardness, and also so it is in a form that is workable. Several important techniques may be used in the heat treating process, including annealing, quenching, precipitation strengthening and tempering. 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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Maysteel Industries, LLC $$$

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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M & W Shops $$$

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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American Industrial Company $$$

Bloomington, MN  |  800-258-2260

For over fifty years, we have been using state-of-the-art CNC machinery and offering "Turn key-Design and Build" for both prototype and production pats and assemblies. With us, you'll receive precision fabrication of components, assemblies, cabinets and enclosures.

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Dalsin Industries, Inc. $$$

Ajax, ON  |  905-426-7260

We are a dedicated custom sheet metal fabrication company that builds precision sheet metal parts for various industry sectors and have tremendous expertise in electronic equipment manufacturing. Bayview Metals is an ISO 9001:2000 certified precision fabricator and manufacturer of custom sheet metal parts.

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Bayview Metals $$$

Hooksett, NH  |  603-623-5568

Macy Industries is a family run business and provides services for industrial metal fabrication, architectural metal, frames, and more. We install and provide maintenance services on everything we manufacture. Our competitive advantage is our proven process of design to build that keeps our customers returning for over 45 years! We love to manufacture things, and to have an environment where we can help our team grow their skills and push new limits is why we are in business.

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Macy Industries, Inc. $$$
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Annealing is a process by which a metal is heated and then cooled very slowly, leaving the metal soft and ductile.Quenching, on the other hand, refers to the rapid cooling of metal that can increase the metal's strength. In tempering, the metal is heated to extreme heat, between 400 and 600 degrees Celsius, and is maintained at this temperature until the carbon diffuses to produce bainite or pearlite. Precipitation strengthening, which can also be referred to as age hardening, is another way to increase the strength the metal. Tempering can also strengthen the material.

After the metal is heated, it can be stretched into various forms. During stretching, sheet metal is clamped around the edges and stretched to make various products, including car doors. Sheet metal can be subjected to bending and curving. Bending involves straining sheet metal by moving it about a linear axis on a neutral plane. Other than bending and stretching, several other techniques may be used to shape sheet metal. Drawing and deep drawing, for instance, are stamping processes that make flat sheet metal into varying three dimensional forms.

Cutting changes the size of the sheet and can also be used to cut the metal into different shapes. Comparatively, punches perforate the sheet and cut specific shapes out of the metal. Sanding or deburring of the product can be applied to remove any rough spots or edges. The metal can then be polished for a shiny finish or buffed for matte finish. To finish the product additional steps such as thermal spraying or plating can also be applied.