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Material Properties to Keep in Mind for Custom Sheet Metal Fabrication

August 08, 2019

The metal fabrication industry plays a key element in shaping the North American industrial landscape. From a multitude of industries, including car retailers, and food services, shops are continuously contracted to fabricate metal components and structures. While standardised parts may prove effective in some cases, there is still a thriving landscape for custom sheet metal fabrication due to the nature of the work conducted in specialised industries for their unique projects.


No matter the scale of the project, a well-established process typically occurs throughout manufacturing to ensure that customised sheet metal can successfully be transformed into the final product; this includes bending, forming, cutting, and assembly.


However, in order for these steps to ensue, there is a focal point that manufacturers must delineate beforehand – material properties. Not only does building a framework around the correct material choice make custom sheet metal fabrication more efficient, it also significantly minimises development costs as the number of revisions decrease.



Let us take a more insightful look into what properties are generally considered by manufacturers when selecting the right material for the function of the product:



  • Tensile Strength – when purposing a material for a particular function, a frequent parameter that is often cited is its strength, especially when a material is to be used to engineering applications. Tensile strength lays the groundwork for ensuring that the quality and integrity of a material have a quantitative measurement, determined through testing, of the stress required to cause plastic deformation, as well as determining its ductility, and its peak stress. These parameters are especially important for machining applications because while some materials demonstrate high strength, their brittle nature can make them unsuitable for machining.


  • Elemental Fortitude – the characteristics of a material to be resistant in the multitude of environments it is likely to be exposed is pivotal in its selection; many mechanical failures can often be pinpointed to inadequate resistance to moisture, chemical erosion, and divergent weather conditions. For these reasons, establishing your material choice around this criteria will help ensure its suitability.


  • Basic Flexibilities – in order to successfully machine the material in question for custom sheet metal fabrication it will have to be flexible enough to undergo the handling required for manufacturing.


Custom Sheet Metal Without Compromise

At Demtra, we have more than four decades of experience with an expansive array of clientele by providing custom sheet metal fabrication services in the film and movie, food processing, kitchen, and elevator and escalator industries. We take our craft seriously, that is why you’ll find no mass production present in our shop; we manufacture exactly to your specifications.


Put our speciality to work for you by getting in contact with us – our team of experts are always available to help you, no matter what step in the fabrication process you may be in!