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Any kind of sheet metal fabrication essentially involves either removal or addition of material or changing the material into a different shape by way of applying compressive or tensile forces externally to obtain desired shapes. Manufacturing involves one or more of many metal manufacturing processes available that convert sheet metal into an object.
The raw material thickness of sheets can typically be classified as follows:
|Foil||0.15 mm and less|
|Sheet||0.2 to 6.0 mm|
|Plate||6.0 mm and more|
Barring very few, all metals available in sheet form, steel to gold, sheet form, Steel to Gold, are suitable for fabrication techniques available in the industry.
The basic three methods involved in sheet metal fabrication are:
The important material removal methods are:
The important material addition methods are:
The important material forming methods are:
The Important characteristics of metals in forming are: