If you require sheet metal forming in Phoenix, AZ, Metal Pro Inc. is prepared. You may have a specific idea but lack the equipment to pull it off, or have a larger-scale project that is best left to a professional. Whatever your reason for needing sheet metal forming, we offer the machinery and expertise to complete your vision. Here are six common sheet metal forming techniques:
- Stamping: This is a common request because stamping creates embossments efficiently for many applications. Coining, flanging and punching are also part of stamping. Customers who want surface embellishment for utilitarian or aesthetic purposes request stamping. It is an excellent way to create a repeated design or make consistent cuts. Stamping occurs on a product line so production cost is low. The precision needed for good stamping increases tooling costs.
- Stretch forming: Used for large product manufacturing, stretch forming lengthens sheet metal. To accomplish it, the material is placed between two clamps and forced against a stretching die. It is common at automotive plants for making door panels, and with aircraft, stretch forming makes material for wings and fuselages. There is a high labor cost because it is impossible to do this correctly with automation. Production is slower, too, to assure the material remains intact through this process.
- Roll forming: This shape-changing process works by passing sheet metal through several rollers repeatedly. Each pass manipulates the shape, and workers continue until the sheet metal adopts the required properties. Products that need a smooth surface benefit from roll forming. It also creates excellent cross-section work and is an option for longer pieces of sheet metal. Production costs are low.
- Deep drawing: Like roll forming, this process subjects sheet metal to a series of dies rather than rollers. The dies punch the sheet metal, and that part is called drawing. This process is useful for products with consistent shapes, like metal caps and caps. You will find it with mass production where repetitive work must also be precise. Since it is not as unpredictable or complex as stretch forming, deep drawing can be automated.
- Spinning: There are products where symmetry is essential. That is where spinning comes in. Material is mounted on a CNC lathe and spun around to assure equal proportions on all sides. This may include textures, but also works well when a high-quality surface finish is demanded. Precision is very important, so this requires worker supervision and a higher production cost. But the result is a high-quality and symmetrical product.
- Peen forming: Larger items that cannot be used in a die system gain texture through peen forming. The process involves round steel shots blasted over sheet metal. There is a high equipment cost, and sometimes you may need to visit a specialized shop if your item is especially large.
If sheet metal forming in Phoenix, AZ is not something you want to try at your home or business, call Metal Pro Inc. instead. We believe our efforts will exceed your expectations.