Introduction to Sheet Metal Forming

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Bill Frahm

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Forming metal products and components is among the most significant industries in human history. Sheet metal is commonly used for the structure and style of many consumer and industrial products. The sheet metal forming industry contributes more than $130 Billion to the North American economies. The history of metal and metal forming plays a key role in the history of civilization and man’s capabilities in agriculture, tool making, and weaponry.

While today there are 86 known metals, for thousands of years copper was the only metal in regular use. Around 2900 B.C., the Mesopotamian culture began to alloy tin with copper to create bronze. With time, bronze became harder to find, and iron and steel took its place as preferred metals for tools and weaponry. The issues our ancestors faced in forming metals involved smelting to remove usable metals from the surrounding ores; finding the best practices to form the metals into usable tools; and identifying the right metals and alloys that are formable within existing technology and make robust and reliable products. Designers and manufacturers face the same issues in manufacturing today's metals and the products we sell and use every day.

Modern sheet metal forming is changing to meet consumer and regulatory needs for stylish, lightweight, and robust products and components. Forming requires tooling and energy to deform flat sheet metal blanks into their desired geometries. Meeting requirements for mass, formability, and strength demands that practitioners understand the properties of the metals they use. Understanding metal properties allows metal formers to accurately simulate manufacturing to select appropriate materials and to reduce the expense of developing tooling for tryouts.

What You Will Learn: 

We explore the ancient and current history of sheet metal. The student will learn about the processes, chemistries, and tooling employed to manage the challenges inherent in metal and how those issues are addressed in today's manufacturing environment. We also discuss some of today’s innovations and research in the challenge to make lighter, more durable, and robust products.We introduce current issues in sheet metal manufacture and forming, including:

  • Metal extraction
  • Alloys
  • Manufacture of metal sheets
  • Product manufacturing
  • Product design and simulation
  • Materials and their evolution
  • Careers in sheet metal