Sheet metal can be used in a variety of ways whether its a sheet, formed, or has shapes cut out of it. For this blog post, we will discuss sheet metal punching. Sheet metal can have virtually any shape cut into it using a die tool and a turret punch machine. A turret punch machine has a “stamping” effect where a die tool comes down and hits the sheet metal, knocking out the shape within the metal. The portion of the metal that is punched out is called a “slug.” Not only can shapes be punched out of sheet metal, but different types of bent shapes can also be accomplished. For example, a turret punch can be used to create bridge lances, embosses (dimples), half shears, and countersinks.
Below is a video of our turret punch room where all the sheet metal goes to be punched. We have several machines that we use with different capacity and speeds depending on what is being fabricated.
If you have sheet metal parts that require close tolerance punched parts, VIP is the ideal fabrication shop. Be sure to visit our sheet metal section of our website to learn more about the other capabilities we have in-house. For instance, VIP also specializes in CNC machining and welding fabrication. If you are interested in a quote, be sure to check out our Request For Quote page.
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