At Reid Fabricators Inc., we manage custom metal fabrication projects for our clients in a wide range of industries. To meet the exact requirements for design and functionality, there are a number of methods we can use during the custom metal fabrication process, such as:
- Machining–Through machining, we can remove material from pieces of sheet metal by rotating it against a cutting tool. During the custom metal fabrication process, we also use other types of cutting machines with rotating tools, like those that have a drill.
- Stamping–This process is similar to punching metal, but the die makes a raised portion in the material without going all the way through it.
- Punching–The punch and die tool we use operates similar to a pair of scissors. When a piece of metal is punched, the tool uses pressure to cut a hole in the material and remove the scrap. This punch produces cut-outs and holes in a variety of shapes and sizes, but the most common are geometric shapes, like rectangles, squares, and circles.
- Sheering–During this form of fabrication, two tools are used to make long cuts in the sheet metal. One tool is positioned above the material and one below to apply pressure during the sheering process.
- Blanking–During the blanking process, a piece of material is removed from the larger sheet at a pre-determined place. Typically, multiple pieces are removed during a single operation.