Sheet metal design is an art that reaches into many different industries. Products made of sheet metal are used in all of the following fields:
With the use of computer numerical control (CNC) equipment, sheet metal can be turned into many different shapes and styles to match your product needs. The material can be cut, bent, punched, drilled, shaped, or straightened into whatever form you desire. If the product uses more than one piece of sheet metal, the different pieces can be fitted together using several different methods that will not ruin the material.
Depending on the size and scope of the project, the designer will include instructions on the best way to join the different pieces of sheet metal together. This could include using screws, rivets, or adhesives, or they might need to be welded, clinched, or folded together. The designer will choose the best method depending on how the product is being used and how thick the sheet metal needs to be.
The possibilities are endless with sheet metal product design. No matter what field you’re in, our team of designers can create specs for any type of sheet metal product to be used anywhere around the world.
Not only will the product work exactly how you want it to, our designers always keep in mind the way a product will look after it’s put together. These industry veterans bring unique and stylish design ideas to every product they work on.
Designing sheet metal detail drawings is a complicated process that can only be taken on by the most experienced people. The designer needs to have a deep understanding of how the material works to be able to use it to its highest potential.
Detailed drawings of sheet metal design have very specific requirements, usually needing two sets of design specifications. One set of designs must be created for the product when it is still flat and another set of designs is needed for the product after all of the sheet metal has been folded and put together properly.
These design drawings look a lot like the blueprints for a house or complicated origami instructions, with many layered dimensions involved. When creating sheet metal drawings, designers have to think about the limitations of the metal material and how it can be molded into different shapes for product designs.
Sheet metal, while a strong and durable material, has structural limitations on what it can do. When sheet metal is bent, the inner fold becomes compressed and the outer fold of material is stretched. If the material is folded or bent too far, it will lose some of its strength, causing the metal to become fragile and unusable.
This can also happen if too many sections of the material are cut out for functionality or aesthetic features. Like removing a structural beam in your house, cutting out sections of the material that are too large can lower the weight limit of the metal and make it weaker.
When sheet metal is used in electrical equipment or other tools that become very hot, designers need to think about the extra strain this puts on the material. In these cases, the designer will add features to the design specifications so that the heat can be ventilated away from the metal. This way the metal will not overheat and melt or lose any of its strength and durability.
Our team of designers are experts in their field. Using state of the art 2D and 3D CAD design technology, they work not only within sheet metal industry standards but most importantly within your standards. They will find a way to make your design work without losing the valuable strength that makes sheet metal so useful in the process.
They understand how far the material can be pushed when it comes to production and will not create a design concept that reaches beyond the real abilities of the sheet metal. Instead, they work with the industry-proven techniques to push the boundaries of their design.
In terms of the heat ventilation mentioned above, a designer may create ventilation cutouts that go beyond the standard hole-punch shape. This way, the material is being used effectively and maintaining its structural integrity, but it also looks nice for customers who are using it.
If structural integrity is more important to you than modern looks, the designer will work with you to make sure your product is as strong and durable as possible, while still including any specialized feature the product needs so it can work the way it is supposed to.
Sheet metal designers will help you choose the best materials for the product you want to create and will give you the design specs for it in any form you require. They will give you information on the best sheet metal to use when focusing on strength, resistance to corrosion, assembly process, and costs.
Choosing the right material for a project can have a big impact on how a product turns out. If your product design requires the material to be folded many times, there are certain sheet metals to avoid and there are some that can handle that kind of movement better than others.
But don’t worry if you’re not a sheet metal expert, our designers will guide you in the right direction. They keep things simple and help you decrease production time when you are putting their design to the test.
To get the best possible sheet metal design, keep your designer in the loop about which tools or methods you are using to manufacture the product. If they know how you plan to create the product they are designing, they can make sure they are designing something you are actually able to create. There are so many different tools out there that can be used to shape, cut, and bend sheet metal, so before you let your designer run wild and free make sure they know what you’re working with.
Because sheet metal design is so complicated, you will want to work only with the absolute best designers. You can do this with Cad Crowd. All of our designers come pre-qualified with superior design abilities and experience. They are so good, we offer a quality guarantee. We help you keep costs down, while still giving you better quality results than you will find anywhere else. Learn more about our services, here.
Whether you know exactly what you want and simply need someone to create the blueprints, or you’re at the starting stages and want some guidance on where to go from here, Cad Crowd offers it all.
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