Sheet Materials

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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...

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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.

This Mill Cert, also known as a Certified Material Test Report, Mill Test Report, or simply a Cert Sheet...

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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.

The mechanical properties of your sheet metal should be the biggest driver of your material selection. Mechanical properties also define your probability of forming parts with...

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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.

Steelmaking is the process of melting iron and its components into a molten form and shaping it into slabs, beams, or billets at a foundry. After the foundry, the steel is transferred to a rolling mill where it is hot rolled or...

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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.

Despite the development of high-tech materials and processes, the modern car still contains more...

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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:

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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.

Testing sheet metal to determine its properties is not unlike what musicians and athletes go through...

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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.

The easiest way to check your measurements is to compare the thickness calculated...

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