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Sheet Metal Fabrication: The Common Types of Sheet Metal

Rolls of metal sheet. Zinc, aluminium or steel sheet rolls on warehouse in factory.
Rolls of sheet metal for fabrication.

Sheet Metal Fabrication

When it comes to product design and sheet metal fabrication, having a knowledge of the properties of the most commonly used materials is crucial for planning the manufacturing process. One of the most important things to consider during this process is the types of sheet metal available and how to choose the correct material for the job.

Not all sheet metal can be treated the same. In fact, different types of metal sheets work best on particular projects, so you’ll want to make sure you choose the right one to help take care of your needs.

With that said, what are the different types of sheet metal available on the market, and what would be the best purpose for each one? Keep reading this article to find out more!

Mild Steel Fabrication

Mild steel is a type of sheet metal that is created through a cold-roll process, which means it’s made by pressing steel through two rolls to create the sheet. With a lower level of carbon compared to regular steel, the result is that it’s neither too ductile nor brittle. As a bonus, it’s easy to manufacture, making it an affordable option and a reliable material for automobiles, piping, and general construction.

Aluminium

Aluminium is a popular metal known for its softness and lightness in comparison to other metals. Although it is not recognized as an industrial-grade sheet metal the fact that it is light and easy to work with means it still finds plenty of use by being made into fan blades, household appliances, and parts for other electronics.

Galvanised Steel

Galvanised steel is a type of sheet that can be useful in various applications, and as such has gained popularity in many industries. There are two main sub-types of galvanised steel: electro-galvanised sheets and hot-dipped metallic-coated sheets. Galvanised steel can be used in anything from providing heat resistance to metallic pipes, to being used as insulation, and even making fences, handrails, nuts, bolts, and furniture.

Stainless Steel

Everyone these days has heard about stainless steel, and it continues to be the most common metal used in sheet metal manufacturing. It’s made to be durable and has a high resistance to the elements while also offering plenty of strength for any task. This industrial-grade sheet metal can be useful in almost any application where steel sheets are needed, including heavy machinery/equipment and for equipment that is constantly exposed to chemicals and liquids.

Here for Your Metal Sheet Fabrication Services

Now that you know a bit about the different types of sheet metal, you want to be certain that you trust your sheet metal fabrication with a manufacturer that you can trust to manufacture the sheet metal components and products you need for the right price. We’re the people you need to help you succeed.

Metaltech Engineering is a leader in the sheet metal fabrication industry, and we take our work very seriously to make sure we deliver only the best products. We can help with all aspects of your metal project, from engineering & design to laser & punching, forming, finishing, assembly, and everything in between.

Please feel free to have a look around our site to find out more about what we can offer you, or send us a message whenever you’re ready to get started. We can’t wait for the chance to service you!

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