Sheet metal is an often used material that has is a necessary item in a number of industries. That is because it can be fabricated into a vast array of things with an increasing number of applications. As the uses of sheet metal rise, so does the innovation and quality involved in the fabrication process. That being said, there are three key basic components that go into the successful fabrication of a sheet metal product. Let’s take a quick look at each.
Everything Starts With Design
As with every sheet metal product, success or failure begins with the design process. During this process, the appearance, strength, corrosion level and, most importantly, the function of the product is determine. Not getting each parameter in the design phase right will likely lead to an end product that doesn’t completely function as desired or that doesn’t work at all.
Requirements Of The Product
Once the design of the product has been established, the correct material can be selected. Raw sheet metal varies in a variety of ways. The tensile strength of the metal, its ability to resist corrosion, and its surface hardness all play a factor in which sheet metal material is correct for a specific product. For instance, the sheet metal fabricated for building construction is vastly different from what would be used to created medical equipment.
The Process In Which The Product Is Formed
After the right material is chosen, the last thing to consider is how the components of the product and the product itself will be fabricated. Most sheet metal fabrication is done using press brake forming. There are a number of variables that have to be calculated during the forming process depending on the size and nature of the product. These variables include the forming temperature, final form shape, the amount of energy needed to create that shape, and lubrication to decrease the amount of friction caused.
When these three factors are taken into careful consideration, the result is finished products that work, function, and last the way they were intended.