Sheet metal fabrication comes in many forms and is much more common in most people’s lives than you can imagine.
If you tune your eyes to notice everything that has been fabricated, cut, formed, punched, folded and assembled out of sheet metal you will struggle not to see it everywhere.
Just off the top of my head, let me rattle off some of the most common sheet metal fabrications…
You know I could keep going on forever but you should get the idea now!
As you can see, sheet metal has both large and small applications and likewise requires appropriate size tooling and machinery capable of handling either the size or complexity of the fabrication task at hand.
Types of Sheet Metal
There are several different types of sheet metal available for fabricators to match to the job at hand.
Here is a list of some of the most common types of sheet metals..
Titanium is known for its very high strength-to-weight ratio and is usually used where weight is a major design consideration.
The big advantage of stainless is its corrosion resistance making it ideal for wet and corrosive environments. Stainless Steel is easy to manufacture, has great strength to weight and good heat resistance.
Copper is a great metal, with corrosion resistance, high electrical conductivity and an attractive appearance. It is however an expensive metal and usually only used in sheets where cost is not a design constraint.
Galvanising is a process of hot dipping steel in zinc to give a highly corrosion-resistant finish to the core steel. Galvanised sheets are ideal for cars and other outdoor fabrications that are exposed to the elements
Aluminium is one of the lighter metals but offers a good strength-to-weight ratio and very good corrosion resistance. It is also one of the more cost-effective metals which is a nice benefit
High Strength Steel
By alloying steel with other elements such as copper, manganese and zinc we can improve the hardness properties for the job at hand.
At Metalmac, we do work with sheet metal but usually for smaller to mid-sized bespoke projects rather than larger-scale or commercial constructions. We currently do not do any structural steel construction projects.
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