Sheet Metal Work

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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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Hanover, MN  |  763-777-8087

Astro Metal Craft is a metal manufacturer specializing in aluminum and stainless steel fabrication. Every day we fabricate aluminum and stainless steel for customers in many different industries around the country. We have esteemed knowledge in providing complex and precise fabrications for architectural metal projects and industrial equipment.

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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 $$$

North Salt Lake City, UT  |  866-390-2376

Over the years, Aero Tech has developed a strong base of professional expertise --staff and service-- to assist in complete coordination of any project from design to final product. All sheet metal fabricating projects are built to the customer's exacting requirements. Our engineering knowledge and experience are valuable and available resources.

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Aero Tech Manufacturing $$$

Lithonia, GA  |  866-356-0744

At Southern Metalcraft, our customers are our top priority. Since 1974, we have been delivering the highest of quality in product and service. If you’re looking for a full-service custom sheet metal fabricating shop that can handle the simple and complex jobs, Southern Metalcraft is the place. Whether you need cabinets, enclosures or platforms, Southern Metalcraft is already prepared. Call today!

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Southern Metalcraft, Inc. $$$

Oxford, NC  |  919-693-1354

RFR Metal Fabrication is a leader in the precision metal and sheet metal fabrication of custom enclosures, faceplates, racks, cable organizers, patch panels and other precision fabricated metal parts and assemblies. Contract manufacturing for many industries including electronics and aviation.

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RFR Metal Fabrication, Inc. $$$

Sturgeon Bay, WI  |  877-746-0925

Hi Tec Fabrication is a full service job shop offering custom sheet metal fabrication and contract manufacturing in medium and light gage carbon steel, stainless steel, aluminum and copper. We manufacture parts and components and custom parts from brackets to full weldments and assemblies. Services include sawing, punching, CNC Plasma and Laser cutting, machining, shearing, forming and more.

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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.