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How to Fabricate Sheet Metal with Avon Lake Sheet Metal

Sheet of metal waiting to come to life through the fabrication process.

About Sheet Metal Fabrication

Sheet metal fabrication is the process of creating products or components from flat sheets of metal. This process involves various techniques such as cutting, bending, and welding to shape and form the metal into the desired design. Sheet metal fabrication is widely used in a range of industries, including construction, automotive, aerospace, and manufacturing.

As a professional sheet metal fabrication company, the Avon Lake Sheet Metal team understands the importance of producing high-quality products that meet our customers’ unique needs. Our team of experts follows a thorough process to ensure that every project is completed to the highest standards. Here are the key steps involved in how we fabricate sheet metal:

Step 1: Material Selection

We work closely with our customers to select the appropriate material for their projects. We offer a variety of materials, including steel, aluminum, copper, brass, and stainless steel, each with its own unique properties – such as strength, corrosion resistance, and ductility – that make it suitable for different applications.

Step 2: Cutting

Once the material has been selected, we use advanced cutting techniques to precisely cut the metal into the desired shape and size. These techniques include:

CNC (Computer Numerical Control) machining. CNC machining is one of the most common methods we use for cutting metal during fabrication. This technology uses computer-controlled machines to precisely cut the metal according to the desired design, resulting in accurate and consistent parts. CNC machining can handle a variety of metals and is especially useful for complex shapes and tight tolerances.

Shearing involves using a shear to cut the metal into the desired shape. This method is ideal for cutting straight lines and is commonly used for large sheet metal projects.

Laser cutting uses a high-powered laser to cut the metal. This method is more precise than shearing and is ideal for intricate designs and small projects.

Plasma cutting involves using a plasma torch to cut the metal. This method is ideal for cutting thicker metals and is commonly used in industrial applications.

Step 3: Forming

After cutting the metal, we use advanced forming techniques to shape it into the desired design. Our forming methods include bending, rolling, and stamping, allowing us to create a wide range of shapes and structures for our customers’ projects.

Step 4: Joining and Finishing

Finally, we use advanced joining techniques to connect the various parts of the project together. Our joining methods include welding, riveting, and soldering, ensuring that every project is completed with strong, secure connections.

Of these common joining techniques, welding is the type of joining we utilize most often. Our team consists only of certified welding professionals, which is an important consideration when selecting a sheet metal fabricator for your project. Certification gives you peace of mind knowing that your project is in expert hands!

Final Thoughts

At Avon Lake Sheet Metal, we are committed to delivering the highest quality products and services to our customers. Our expertise and advanced technology enable us to handle any project, from small components to large-scale industrial applications. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help bring your project to life!

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Who is Avon Lake Sheet Metal?

We provide high-quality services in CNC laser cutting, CNC forming, certified welding, custom machine guarding, and other value-added options. 3D Modeling allows us to seamlessly integrate sheet metal and structural components into complex finished assemblies.