MetalForming Fundamentals

Whatever your forming experience, moving to new grades of steel, or to aluminum, demands you view forming from a different perspective. There is opportunity for suppliers able to reliably form newer and evolving grades of steel. Aluminum components are also becoming common in product applications. You must understand how your selected material will behave under the stress of forming to be able to provide quality, profitable components.

Video Course - From Melt to Shop Floor: How Terminology Changes

Ordering sheet materials is similar to ordering an adult beverage. When you name a beverage, you are specifying your expectations for taste and appearance. Meeting your expectations involves selecting the right ingredients, pouring and garnishing, and selecting the right glass for the chosen beverage. Your sheet material order also involves selecting the right ingredients, combining and milling them properly, and employing appropriate processes to meet your requirements for properties and dimensions.

Video Course - Thinning Strain Analysis Procedures

Thinning Strain Analysis (TSA) and Circle Grid Strain Analysis (CGSA) are powerful tools to determine if your forming process and sheet metal choice are sufficiently robust to handle the inherent variations of metal properties. Properly done, TSA and CGSA can offer you valuable insight into the forming capabilities of your seleced sheet metal. Improper technique can lead you to make costly decisions.

Introduction to Testing and Measuring Sheet Metal Properties: Why Test and Which Tests Should We Do?

In the Oscar-winning movie Whiplash, a talented young drummer and a respected music teacher engage in a battle of wills and wits. The simplest lesson of this dark, controversial film is practice makes perfect. Whether you play the drums or march in the drum line, you know that practice pays off. You store the steps and beats in your memory, leaving you free to perfect your performance.

Video Course - Tensile Testing for Sheet Metal Formability

We test materials, both to anticipate behaviors during manufacturing and to compare properties among different types and grades. Getting reliable test results requires consistently applied procedures and properly calibrated equipment.

Tensile tests must be conducted using standardized equipment and procedures to ensure accurate and consistent results. To accomplish this, standards organizations publish sheet metal tensile test standards. These standards include:

What you should Know About Forming High-Strength Steel

As the automotive industry continues to look for innovative ways to make vehicles lighter, stronger, safer, and more fuel-efficient. To meet these demands, the steel industry continues to invest in advanced materials and manufacturing technologies. The industry's investment led to the introduction of a wide variety of new automotive steels. Both industries know that every ounce counts.

Video Course - Sheet Steel Manufacturing Processes

It is important for the metalforming professional to understand the steelmaking process. The making and rolling of steel determines how the workpiece will behave under forming, how it will respond to stress, and what the metal's strain characteristics will be.

Introduction to the Mechanical Properties of Sheet Metal Materials

When designing components, you have thousands of types and grades of materials available. Generally, decisions are based on each material's strength, mass, corrosion resistance, dent resistance, and mechanical properties. Mechanical properties are a significant factor defining the formability of materials.

Video Course - Understanding Mill Certifications of Sheet Metal Properties

If you’ve ever seen a Road Runner cartoon, you know that Wile E. Coyote tries everything to capture his prey, and often orders materials from the fictitious Acme Corporation. If any of these materials came with a Mill Certification Sheet and the Coyote took the time to read it, he might be spared the spectacular failures of his complex products – and eventually dine on Road Runner.

Introduction to Sheet Metal Forming

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.

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