Sheet Metal Production
At GoProto ANZ, we pride ourselves on being able to produce top quality sheet metal products, ranging from electronics housings to custom fabricated and welded assemblies. We supply prototype and end-use parts to range of industries in Australia and New Zealand working directly from your CAD files. Supplying quantities as low as one or as high as several hundred.
If you need higher quantities, we can create production tooling, progressive dies, and assembly fixtures.
Our highly-experienced project managers will help work with you to understand your sheet metal prototype and production needs and we’ll walk you through the available materials and processes to get you your parts on time and within specification every time.
What is Sheet Metal Fabrication?
Sheet metal fabrication is a broadly used metal forming process that transforms sheets of metal (in varying thicknesses) into parts using different types of equipment. In fact, it is helpful to think of sheet metal fabrication not as a single manufacturing process, but as a collection of forming techniques, which are often used in combination to produce a part. The techniques employed in sheet metal fabrication, include cutting, bending, punching, stamping and welding.
Sheet metal fabrication is suitable for a range of metal materials. At GoProto ANZ, we produce sheet metal components made from Aluminum, Steel, Stainless Steel, Copper and Brass. The manufacturing process is so common, that you are unlikely to go about your day without encountering a sheet metal fabricated product, whether it’s a home appliance or smaller parts like brackets or enclosures.
Sheet metal fabrication methods
GoProto ANZ uses the following techniques to transform flat sheets of metal into three dimensional, functional components.
Stamping is a cold-forming method that transforms flat metal blanks into various shapes. The process uses a tool and die, which when impacted change the form of the metal through the use of pressure. Stamping can be understood as a broader term within sheet metal fabrication and encompasses punching, bending, as well as embossing and flanging, which entails swiping the sheet of metal in such a way to form flanges.
Bending is achieved using press brakes, rolling machines and other equipment, which create standard shapes such as U-bends or V-bends.
Punching is a technique used to created holes in a metal sheet. The method relies on a punch and die (often made from a hard metal), which use shear force to perforate holes into the metal sheet.
Welding can be achieved using a range of methods, including stick welding, MIG and TIG. Welding is only necessary if a product is made up of two or more separate components. Once parts are joined they can be finished using a variety of post-processing methods, such as powder coating, anodising and bead blasting.
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