mild steel sheet metal fabrications
Mild steel is such a flexible sheet metal material. It’s been used over several centuries as the basis of so many components and fabricated assemblies. We have been manufacturing bespoke mild steel fabrications for over 35 years. We predominately manufacture components from mild steel material from 0.5mm to 3.0mm thick. The sheet comes in 3 standard sizes; 2M x 1M, 2.5M x 1.25M and 3.0M x 1.5M. It’s also possible to have bespoke sheet sizes de-coiled to suit if there are reasonable volumes. From these sheets we can cut a wide range of component shapes and sizes.
If a component is either rectangular or square as a flat blank it is possible to just guillotine the part from sheet. However if the component has a more complex outer profile or has internal holes then this process isn’t the best way to go. We would then either laser cut or CNC punch the components. These processes not only enable us to produce more complex shapes but at the same time cut holes. These holes could take the form of circular holes, windows, slots, corner notches, radius forms etc. The flexibility of laser cutting is CNC punching are great tools to have and we have both in house.
That produces us a flat blank (pattern) but this is just the starting point. If the component had a 3D form such as the guard covers show here we need to go further. We need to fold up the mild steel sheet. We have a range of sheet metal bending machines know as CNC press brakes. They can be programmed to produce different bend lengths and angles and are perfect for sub-contract sheet metal work.
For more examples of mild steel sheet metal work a great place to check out is our Pinterest Boards.
After folding these covers they were TiG welded and cleaned off nice and smooth. As you know you cannot just leave mild steel untreated as it will eventually go rusty. These components were then powder coated by the customer. For more information on mild steel components and the production processes we apply please give us a call. Alternatively, you can always send us drawings and we will be happy to quote for your next mild steel bespoke sheet metal fabrications.