Due to the huge variety of different metals available for fabrication requirements, there are a number metal cutting techniques to choose from.
The metalworking process you choose will depend on the type of metal you choose and the finish that you desire. Here are some common machine-based cutting methods that are used within the metalworking industry:
Turning is a metalworking process where a sharp point of a cutting tool is rapidly spun against the metals surface. This removes the top layer until the desired pre-determined size is achieved.
One of the most commonly known metal cutting processes is drilling. This is where a drill bit is applied to the sheet metal with both force and rotation in order to create precise, perfectly sized holes.
A grinding machine uses an abrasive wheel which turns rapidly; this wheel is applied to the metal in order to wear the surface down and eventually separate it. This allows for an effortlessly clean cut.
Burning and Welding
Burning and welding apply a specific temperature directly to the surface of a metal in order to soften and break it. They do this along a patterned line to create an accurate and precise cut.
Another commonly known metalworking process is laser cutting, which typically uses a computer-controlled machine to achieve accurate patterns. The laser is an intensely concentrated beam of light, reduced to a single point with a very high temperature, in order to cut through metal with extreme precision.
Similar to laser cutting, flame cutting is another metal cutting process that uses extreme heat. Often reaching up to 3,500°C, the gas flame is applied to the metal to reach to a melting point and then a stream of oxygen directs the metal to burn and melt along a line.
There are a number of metalworking processes available nowadays so you can achieve the perfect cut for your metal of choice. Every method that has been developed enables you to attain complete precision and accuracy for your metal fabrication requirements.