Sheet metal fabrication is an art in itself. It is a culmination of a number of technical inputs and processes involving sheer brute force. Yet the final outcome is aesthetically pleasing, and, in most cases, in the form of highly functional designs with a purpose. Almost all small and large industries in the world are dependent on some form of sheet metal fabrication. This makes sheet metal fabrication one of the most popular and lucrative enterprises across the globe.
What is Sheet Metal Fabrication?
Metal sheets are the flat, rolled out metals that are thicker than metal foils but thinner than metal plates. Hence, they are fairly flexible but also have unique strength that helps them retain their shape when bent and manipulated with. The most common processes involved in metal fabrication are cutting, bending, flat rolling, punching, shaping, deep drawing, etc. These processes are carried out using proficient tools and heavy-duty equipment that produce optimal force to work with such metals with convenience.
Although the processes involved in sheet metal fabrication are vastly different, you can often find workshops and professional enterprises who offer a slew of metal fabrication services under one roof. This ensures that the design and development process are overseen by the same set of professionals who have a good idea of how the final output should be.
The most common metals used in the manufacture of metal sheets are stainless steel, aluminum, mild steel, copper and a variety of alloys. Most of these metal sheets form the basis for a variety of mass produced metal equipment/ equipment parts. The choice in metal depends on the uses and the requirements of the fabricating project.
Once the desired metal is chosen, it is cleaned thoroughly to eliminate any rust and other blemishes from the surface. The old adage, “measure twice, cut once” is to be followed diligently as any miscalculation can result in the entire sheet metal turning into scrap. This will force your technicians to start all over again, thus costing more in terms of time, efforts and money.
What are the Main Types of Sheet Metal Fabrications?
Sheet metal fabrication offers endless possibilities in manufacturing mass produced metal entities for commercial, domestic and industrial use. Be it your car body, or the metal doors or stainless-steel railings, almost every metal fixture is manufactured using metal fabrication techniques in contemporary times.
Different types of metals react differently to pressure and heat. Hence, working with steel sheets is not the same as working with copper sheets. Working with different metals require specific levels of expertise. Failing to involve the best expertise and skill sets will not only hamper the visual beauty of the finished products, but will compromise the structural integrity of the fixtures as well.
At Rapid metals, the Company offers a slew of customized metal fabrication services that are aimed at satisfying all your engineering needs. Their workshops are equipped with the latest in metal fabrication technologies to enable expert technicians offer a comprehensive range of design and production services to meet all manufacturing requirements.