Sheet metal fabrication takes on many forms, depending on the product to be produced and the material used. Fortunately, modern technology has produced fabrication is equipment that is more precise, faster and less costly than in the past.
Laser technology now provides laser cutting of sheet metals of nearly 1 inch in thickness. Laser cutting can provide a cleaner edge than metal to metal cutting and will produce accurate cutting to within a few thousandths of an inch. It can also be used to create holes to the interior of sheet metal, usually with less set up time than the older punch presses.
Plasma torch cutting provides an efficient method for cutting thicker metals. Plasma involves using electrical current through a field of compress gas to create a plasma source. The plasma melts the material in a directed arc. Because the compressed gas is released through a nozzle, the plasma can be directed in a line for cutting edges. The
The hydraulic brake presses used in modern, custom steel fabrication have also improved through technology. Digital back gauges and depth gauges allow precision in bending and rolling sheet metal. Computer assistance makes custom work easier to set up and more accurate than in the past.
Custom sheet metal fabricating facilities can provide a variety of the latest machinery for a variety of fabrication tasks. Because some products require multiple fabrication tasks, such as both sheet metal bending and hole drilling, a fabricator who can provide an array of tasks makes for a more efficient project.