Different sheet metal fabrication techniques

Sheet metal can indirectly affect your life. Get to know the sheet metal fabrication techniques that we apply at Om Enterprises as you browse through the website. Rest assured that each product that you buy from our store is well-processed to ensure its top-notch quality. 

Cutting sheet metal

One of the easiest ways to manipulate steel is by cutting. It’s simply fabricating the material through a subtractive manufacturing process. 

Similar to drawing a stencil on paper, the products are cut from the main sheet metal to become functional. There are different ways to cut through metal sheets including:

  • Water jet – The process of using an extremely high-pressure water stream to cut through the sheet. A high-pressured narrow nozzle channels the water that can precisely cut through thick metal sheets.
  • Torching – Just like water, a highly pressurised flame can cut through metal sheets. However, this process is only used on metal sheets that can be oxidised.
  • Shearing – Thinner pieces of metal don’t need high-pressure water and flame to be cut to pieces. Sometimes, sharp metal blades or shears can do the trick. This shearing process is only used for thin metal sheets or smaller sheet products.
  • Sawing – Thicker pieces of metal sheets can’t be cut through the above-mentioned process. When this happens, the sheet is manually cut using a saw. This is a labour-intensive process that’s why it’s reserved for thicket metal sheets.

Bending sheet metal

Since sheet metal is often flattened when manufactured, the material undergoes different processes to make it more functional. This includes sheet metal bending that allows producers like Om Enterprises to create metal products for construction purposes among other uses. 

There are two ways to bend sheet metal as stated below:

  • Metal brake – The metal is placed on a gate while another end is clamped into place. This creates the necessary brake the metal sheet needs to form into different shapes or forms.
  • Form bending – This procedure is manual and labour intensive since the sheet metal is placed on top of the form and hammered down to take its shape. 

Welding metal

One of the quickest and most effective ways to put metal pieces together is through welding. This process can be classified into different methods including:

  • MIG welding – This process makes use of a continuous wire electrode fed through your gun and into the weld pool. A shielding gun is also fed to the equipment to protect the material from contamination.
  • TIG welding – To generate the welding power, this gun uses an electric arc that’s fused with a tungsten-based electrode. This method is used for thicker sheets that are around 8 to 10 millimetres in width.
  • Laser welding – A high-powered laser disc resonator is used in this process to melt a tiny portion of the metal to fabricate two pieces together. This is used whenever a durable process is needed in putting two different pieces together. 

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