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How the Sheet Metal Fabrication Process Works?
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How the Sheet Metal Fabrication Process Works?

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How the Sheet Metal Fabrication Process Works?

Processing raw materials, such as steel, aluminum, and copper, which are frequently huge and thick, is usually where metal manufacturing begins. Any desired shape may be created by cutting, bending, or stretching sheet metal.

Here are the typical steps for how it works:


The foundation of the project is laid during the design phase. Typically, designers would draw early drawings or 2D or 3D models of the final product by hand or with computer-aided design (CAD) software.

Before the production process starts, key elements are mapped out, including the product's intended function, the necessary dimensions and tolerances, and any special materials or finishes that will be required.


Laser cutting is typically the first step in the manufacturing process. Laser cutting is one of the most precise ways of cutting sheet metal as the lasers are able to follow the programmed design and cut through the material accurately.


The act of bending, often referred to as CNC folding, may be carried out using a number of devices. Using a manual press brake or an automated panel bending machine, for instance.

By exerting pressure and gripping the sheet metal to retain the required curve, the machine makes the metal component.


The material is bent or deformed into the desired shape during the shaping process. Forming really reshapes the material without removing any of it, as contrast to cutting, which subtracts the material.


When dealing with sheet metal, a number of welding methods can be employed, including MIG welding, TIG welding, robotic MIG welding, and spot welding.

Metal inert gas (MIG) welding: A typically fast welding option that is better for thicker materials.

Tungsten inert gas (TIG) welding: Offers greater control and precision than MIG. Best for thinner materials. You may also see it referred to as gas tungsten arc welding (GTAW).

Robotic MIG welding: This is an automated version of more traditional MIG welding.

Spot welding: This follows an electrical resistance welding process.


FThe final stage in getting metal items ready for use is finishing, which increases corrosion resistance and adds another layer of toughness. It also aids in improving the surfaces' aesthetic attractiveness.

Surface preparation, polishing, powder coating in a variety of colors, anodizing, passivation, and laser marking (such as logos or text etching) are examples of common finishing touches.


Assembly in a sheet metal manufacturing project refers to putting the necessary items together before they are packed and sent to their final destination.

Salamander can serve as a subcontractor to deliver certain components or perform full-service electro mechanical assembly to deliver an entire "end product" to you.