One of the most popularly used types of raw material stock, sheet metal fabrication is arguably an art form. Not only this, but sheet metal can be used in a wide variety of practical applications. Put simply, sheet metal fabrication involves shaping and joining metal to create entire structures or different metal sections. It’s true that sheet metal fabrication is one of the most common manufacturing methods globally. Although the tools used to get the job done can vary, the same basic techniques are utilised by all manufacturers. With this in mind, let’s take a look at just some of the most common sheet metal fabrication Perth techniques.
Bending is a popular technique for metal and aluminium fabrication Perth and worldwide. What happens is that metal is usually hammered across a metal grate or a mould. This method is often used in combination with others to create the perfect finished product.
There are many different tools such as handheld shears, water cutters and plasma cutters that can be used to cut sheet metal. Sheet metal can be cut into almost any shape so it’s versatile. Cuts can be made to create tabs for bending, perforations, to remove parts of the metal and more. A computer is used in the cutting process to ensure everything is as exact as possible. In addition, sheet metal can be cut into the correct shape either after or before any other fabrication methods are put into place.
You may not have thought it but flattening or hammering sheet metal is an actual stretching process. So too is any method that increases the surface area or that makes the sheet thinner. A little like shrinking, stretching is commonly used to remove any imperfections in the metal. It smooths out an area.
Shrinking is another technique that is used to remove imperfections and to tighten sheet metal. The way this works is by applying heat to metal that’s overstretched. As it cools, it then shrinks to the correct shape. ‘Tucking’ is another shrinking method that involves using a hand-held tool or hammer. This involves reducing the overall surface area by folding the metal. The technique is often used to create unique edges or round shapes.
Sheet metal is so versatile that nearly any shape you can think of can be created by using a combination of the above techniques. Often, regular projects simply require bending and cutting whereas more advanced designs will incorporate stretching and shrinking methods. At InLine Engineering, we employ a range of both simple and advanced techniques to achieve the best possible results in your custom sheet metal forms. We provide a time-sensitive, focused service that is second to none in our local field.
To begin your next sheet metal or aluminium fabrication Perth project, simply get in touch with our team today to share your requirements and we will do the rest. And remember, if we can’t do it, it can’t be done!