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What is Shearing?
Shearing makes straight cuts in material of limited thickness using a scissors-like action and is economical for making cuts of limited shapes. In straight shearing, shapes are mainly limited to convex polygons (e.g. rectangles, octagons, etc.)
Example uses of conventional shearing include preparation of sheet metal for other processes, rectangular signs, triangle signs, octagon signs, etc. Shearing can be applied to most metals, plastics, composites, fibers and other rigid materials. Soft materials can pose difficulties.
Sheet Metal Cutting Processes
Mills use rotating tools to cut material into almost any 3D shape. CNC Mills can work with tight tolerances.
Waterjets mainly cut sheet material into 2D parts using a high-pressure stream of water and abrasive. Waterjet cutting is suitable for most materials and yields clean edges.
CNC Lathes feed cutting tools into rotating material. Turning is mainly used to produce precise, cylindrical parts.
Die-Sink and Wire EDM machines create parts by using recurring sparks to remove material. Recommended for intricate designs requiring sharp inside corners and high dimensional accuracy.
Laser cutting is often used to produce 2D parts from sheet metal. A laser beam vaporizes a cut path to achieve the desired shape. Great for prototypes and short runs.
CNC Turret Presses create 2D parts by rapidly punching predetermined shapes into sheet material. Cost-effective for production runs of simple metal parts.
CNC Plasma Cutters use a high-velocity stream of ionized gas to cut parts out of sheet metal. Excellent for producing 2D parts when working with thick metal sheets.
After manufacturing, parts may require additional processing. Secondary services include CNC bending, grinding, tapping, knurling and more.