Sheet Metal Properties & Applications
Complex sheet metal bracket
metal is generally less than 6 mm thick and produced by
reducing the thickness of the raw material by compressive forces
applied through a set of rolls. The process of rolling began around 1500. Common sheet metals include aluminum alloys, copper, stainless steel, brass, steel, titanium, zinc alloys.
Sheet Metal Machining
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Formability of Sheet Metal
Many types of metals are suitable for sheet metal working depending on their formability:
- Aluminum, copper and their alloys - generally excellent
- Mild steel and stainless steel generally - generally fair to excellent
- Nickel and magnesium - generally fair to good
Sheet Metal Applications
Sheet metal is widely used for numerous industrial and non-industrial applications including:
- Aircraft: Fuselages, wings, body panels, trim parts, etc.
- Automotive: body panels, bumpers, doors, chassis, trim parts, brackets etc.
- Construction: roofing, home building and structural applications.
- Other applications: appliances, food and beverage
containers, boilers, kitchen equipment, office equipment etc.