Sheet metal production – small brackets
Sheet metal production of small brackets and plates.
I thought it would be good to take a random selection of sheet metal production components as they perfectly illustrate the wide range of production techniques used today in the UK. These parts are typical, but be no means exhaustive of the different materials, thicknesses and finishes that we are requested to produce on a daily basis by our customers. Often using simple standard CNC punching and CNC bending tooling no additional costs are applied to these production projects. If the parts needs to be laser cut that production can also be catered for in house on our Trumpf 3KW fibre laser.
I have given a little more detail for each of the components in the photo, their material type, part finish and production stages to produce the complete part.
If you click on the photo you can clearly see each component identified with a number which corresponds with the details listed below.
Material is 2mm thick mild steel. The part has been laser cut. It will be finished by zinc plating and clear passivating.
Material is 3mm thick CZ108 brass. The part has been laser cut using pure nitrogen. No other finishing or treatment was required on this small brass washer.
Material is 1.0mm thick 5251 aluminium alloy. The part has been CNC punched using standard tools of the shelf. All outer edges have been de-burred to remove the CNC punch nibble marks. It was finally anodised and dyed black.
Material is 3mm aluminium. The parts has been CNC punched and then barrel de-burred to remove all sharp edges.
Material for this small welded assembly is 0.7mm 316 stainless steel. The parts were laser cut together from the same sheet, CNC folded and then TiG welded together.
Material for this copper bracket is C101. The bracket was laser cut on our Trumpf 3030 fibre laser cutter. A simple edge de-burring was used to remove any sharp edges and then folded up on our Trumpf 7036 CNC press brakes.
Material is galvanised weld mesh material used as a filter plate. This part was simply cut to size on our Safan guillotine.
Material is 1.2mm aluminium. An interesting shape which has been CNC laser cut, CNC folded up and then powder coated matt black.
Material is 2.5mm 304 stainless steel. These parts were laser cut, barrel de-burred, CNC folded and then had threads tapped in the holes.
Material is 0.9mm thick galvanised mild steel. Simply CNC punched and edge de-burred.
For additional examples of sheet metal production pleas take a look at our Pinterest boards.
If you have some sheet metal production that needs looking at please don’t hesitate to send us your drawings. We will be happy to produce price options and review designs where needed.