Sheets Metal – how to choose, cut and bend them    

 

If you have to build an enclosure for your present project, then you will definitely need metal sheets. But if you do not have experience in this domain, then you should think thoroughly to ask a specialist help you build the enclosure. Also, you can search the market, and see if there are any local companies specialized in sheet metal bending, because they can offer you exactly the product you are looking for. However, in case you want to make from this a DIY project, then you should know that you have to pay attention to some factors when you give the sheets metal the form you want. Metal sheets come in different sizes and varieties, and if you want to be sure that, you will get the best final product, then take a look below:

Check the thickness

If you want to work with metal sheets, then you should know that their thickness is very important in the manufacturing process. Metal thickness is measured similar to wire in gauges, this means that a high number indicates that the sheet is thin. So if you want to measure the thickness of the metal sheets, you only have to use a sheet metal gauge and you will find their thickness measured both in inches and gauge number. You should keep in mind that non-ferrous and ferrous metal sheets, may have the same gauge, but they will definitely differ in thickness, so you should make sure you use the gauge for the right type of sheet.

Bending

If you get the right tools then you will not any issue with bending the sheet metal. Some people consider tricky to bend the sheets into the desired shape, so you should use a sheet metal bending brake. Specialists have this type of tool in their workshop, so if you do not have one, it is advisable to ask a professional help you, or buy the sheet in the desired form. On the market, you can find different options that can help you get the job done, but you have to expect the quality to not be the same, as when you would work with a professional.

Cutting is not as simple as you may think

According to the type of sheet metal, you can use different tools to cut the material. Every one of them has its weaknesses and strengths, so you should ask a professional if you do not have knowledge in this domain. Therefore, you can start by purchasing a pair of snips, because this tool is great at cutting metal sheets. But if you want to cut thick metal sheets, then you have to check at the specialists, if this is the right tool, because they are designed for aluminum, tin, brass and steel. Also, you have to ask the provider is the snips are for left handed or right handed men, because you have to be sure that you will be able to use them. According to your project, you will need other tools also, so you should ask a professional recommend you some.