The most commonly used sheet working metals include low-carbon steel, aluminium and Titanium. Basically, sheet metal working processes date back from over 5000BC. The processes have been highly advancing over time and a myriad of tools have been formed since then. Here are some of the crucial steps in the sheet metal process.

sheet metal process
Sheet Metal Products

Sizing

The first step in the sheet metal forming process is sizing. Some of the crucial steps taken in sizing include shearing, cutting and splitting of the metal structures. After cutting the metals into the appropriate shapes by using procedures like blanking and punching.

Needless to say, when sizing, there are basically some factors that are supposed to be looked at. These include factors like elongation and formation of stresses. Remember when a metal sheet is pushed above elongation it is likely to form strains that are hard to remove. The strains appear like stretch marks on the metal structure you have

Formation ability

This is basically the ability of a metal structure to form the desired end results without breaking or forming irreversible residual strains. As we mentioned above there are a variety of factors that influence formation ability the major one being the type of metal you wish to form the sheet form. Basically, when you cut out the material sheet you come out with a blank that is why the process is called the blank and punch process.

In the sheet working processes, the blank and die are basically used to cut the metals along the grid lines. Compressional forces are basically applied on both sides of the sheet metal to ensure that they are so as to fracture and break the metal. On the other hand bending processes are usually used on several occasions to make the metal appear in the desired way.

When forming sunken metal sheets, different structures are used to make the metal sheet hollow. The punch should basically take the final shape of the sheet metal.  In the sheet working processes, you can also choose the most appropriate way for the sheet metal working processes.

Bending

This is one of the crucial sheet forming metal process. There are basically a variety of variables you are supposed to look at before you take the metal for bending. One of the crucial factors you are supposed to look at is the density of the sheet metal and more to that the durability and the level of stress of the metal. Other factors one is supposed to look at is the bending angle and if your material metal is able to bend to that level.

There are a variety of factors you should ensure that are met before starting your process and hence you should always talk to your expert.

Formidability is basically the ability of a metal structure to form the desired end results without breaking or forming irreversible residual strains. Basically, this is a  brief overview of different sheet metal forming process that is used for industrial and domestic use purposes.