Sheet metal punching is one of the more common processes used in any given metal fabrication project. In this article, we are going to explain four important things to know about sheet metal punching.
Sheet Metal Punching is a Common & Versatile Tool
Sheet metal punching is used to punch holes into metal pieces in a metal fabrication project. The punch passes through the metal and dies on the other side of the metal support the metal and ensure that it remains intact.
Punching Can Be Performed on Most Metals
Sheet metal punching can be used on nearly all metals, including:
- Stainless Steel
- Other Alloys
You Can Combine Punches for Different Designs
A common misconception about punching is that you need different punches and dies for each shape or hole. That’s not the case. You can often combine existing dies in order to fit a specific mould. For unique punches you may need to purchase additional moulds.
A Punching Tool Lasts Between 400,000 – 600,000 Strokes
Punching tools are fantastic, but they don’t last forever. A typical punching tool has a lifespan of 400,000 to 600,000 strokes. That being said, there are certain things you can do to extend the life of your mould – such as regular lubrication and cleaning, and making sure to use the right materials and energy power.
Sheet Metal Fabrication
At Data Metalcraft, we have decades of experience providing top-notch sheet metal fabrication services to our clients. Our team offers customized, turnkey metal fabrication services to fit your needs – whatever they may be! Let us guide you through the metal fabrication process and help ensure the success of your fabrication project. You can find us at our primary facility located in Arlington, MN. We also work with customers throughout the state of Minnesota and the Greater Midwest.