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Metal Bending as a Process of Sheet Metal Forming

Sunday, February 27th, 2011

Metal Bending as a Process of Sheet Metal Forming

The most basic characteristic of the processes involving sheet metal forming is its capability of applying force to a piece of sheet metal in order to change its shape rather than get rid of any kind of matter from it. Whenever the force is applied to the piece of sheet metal, there is an accompanying disturbance on its yield strength. Because of the applied force, the material becomes deformed and thus stretching and bending of the sheet into the desired geometry, whatever it is, become possible.

There are various processes of sheet metal forming. One of the most common processes is metal bending in which the concept of applying a force to the piece of sheet metal is valid. As the piece of sheet metal is bent at a particular angle, the shape that is preferred is achieved. A single operation of metal bending can be done in order to trigger twisting along one alignment. On the other hand, a sequence of many varying operations can be carried out if an intricate part is desired.

Parts that underwent the process of metal bending vary when it comes to size. There are bent parts that are as small as a bracket, and there are bent parts that are as large as a chassis. Apart from size, there are also other parameters that relate to the bent part such as bend line, bend length, bend angle, bevel angle, and mold line distance.

The sheet metal, when executed with metal bending experiences compression and tension. There is a stretching of the outside section of the sheet metal due to tension. Conversely, there is a shortening of the inside section of the sheet metal as a consequence of compression. But then again, there is a section of the sheet metal wherein neither compression nor tension is in power—it is the neutral axis which bounds the section of the inner portion and the outer portion. Because of the absence of tension and compression on the middle section of the sheet metal, its length stays the same.

One typical machine used in order to execute metal bending is known as press brake.  This is a machine that Williamsburg Metal considers as one of its competent machines because of its capability on making the bending process possible. There are several types of press brakes depending on the size. Taking into consideration the given specification, there is a proper press brake for the desired result.

The press brake has to components: the punch and the die. The punch is the upper tool of the press brake while the die is the lower tool. The sheet metal is usually placed between the punch and the die. The die functions as a holder of the sheet metal in place while the punch works as the applicator of the forces bending the sheet metal.

The use of press brake is just one of the many capabilities of Williamsburg Metal whenever the subject is about sheet metal forming. With its rich resources and equipment needed, Williamsburg Metal is equipped on performing many operations.

With Consideration of the Concepts of Sheet Metal Forming

Monday, February 7th, 2011

With Consideration of the Concepts of Sheet Metal Forming

Metal parts are similar to pots in that metal parts have the characteristic of being fashioned just like when it comes to pottery molding. There are different ways by which the raw material of an elemental simpler shape is tendered. Powder consolidation and casting are just two ways that assist on the formation of the simpler shape.

Another good example of something to be compared to any metal part is clay especially the soft type of it. Due to what lies between one point of material and another, it is very evident that undeviating changes when it comes to the shape of the clay can be stimulated or triggered. The same way goes with metals of any kind. In order for the permanent changes on the metal to be perceptible, there is a need for acting of forces of outer basis. While there are oil-base modeling pastes that act a substitute for wax or clay that can be molded just by the use of tiny fingers just like a toddler’s, sheet metal forming is mostly done by the use of massive machinery.

The concepts about sheet metal forming are among the indispensable matters relating to metalworking. When it comes to sheet metal forming, there is a wide array of processes that may be involved. There are also different tooling and equipment that may be necessary for such processes.

One important concept of sheet metal forming is rolling. This is a process of metal forming whereby there is a longitudinal prism situated between two conflicting circular rolls. The implicated rolls of this process spin in opposite directions. While the spin is transpiring, the sheet metal is dragged along and so there is a reduction in the cross section.

Metal forming processes are the focus of Williamsburg Metal when it comes to sheet metal forming because these are the processes that activates changes as far as the shape of the solid metal articles is concerned. This is done by means of permanent deformations.

The model of rolling is an important sheet metal forming capability for Williamsburg Metal. As a company that includes sheet metal forming on the list of services offered to its loyal customers, Williamsburg Metal guarantees pioneering capabilities with a four-foot cylinder roller as forefront. There is also the capability of emboss rolling and bead rolling.

Not only the concepts of sheet metal forming are what Williamsburg Metal takes into consideration; the quality of the resulting material is another factor that makes Williamsburg Metal a good source of metalworking operations. Right from the selection and sourcing of the materials and tools necessary for sheet metal forming, all of the associated operations are well thought out. In order to guarantee the highest quality of the result, evaluation and assessment are never out of the place. With the utmost consideration for efficient manufacturing and service, Williamsburg Metal remains to be the home for high standard production of not just sheet metal forming but also including metal stamping, metal spinning and custom metal fabrication.


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