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How to Create Cost-Effective Sheet Metal Part Designs

Posted by Scott Shuppert on Wed, Mar 29, 2017 @ 04:35 PM

How to Create Cost-Effective Sheet Metal Part Designs

Sheet metal is versatile, durable and strong. It can be easily shaped and fitted for both visual and functional benefits, which gives it great advantage for use in manufacturing and building.   It is the visual and functional uses that determine both the design and the fabrication. 

While design and fabrication are two separate and distinct operations, the sheet metal designer must understand fabrication processes and requirements to provide workable designs.  The fabrication process requires many complicated and sometimes dangerous processes.  Proper attention to design can help to eliminate complications and reduce dangerous processes. 

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Topics: Sheet Metal Design

Sheet Metal Design Tips

Posted by Scott Shuppert on Fri, Jan 08, 2016 @ 04:43 PM

Sheet Metal Design Tips

Many products are made from sheet metal, which is nothing more than metal which is rolled into very thin sheets.  Sheet metal can be made from any number of metals, including aluminum, titanium, copper and brass. The thickness of sheet metal is called “gauge,” with a higher gauge number equivalent to thinner thickness.  The gauge required depends upon the use the sheet metal will be put to.  Each use for sheet metal requires a specific thickness, or gauge. A higher gauge number indicates a thinner piece of sheet metal.

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Topics: Sheet Metal Design

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