Metal Shearing is metal fabricating process for cutting straight lines on flat metal stock.
The shearing process involves an upper and lower and blade forcing past one another, with a space between them predetermined by a required offset. It is a preliminary step in preparing stock for stamping or pressing processes, and is used for cutting sheet metal sized out of a larger stock, like a roll stock.
Metal Shearing Process Attributes
- Provides ability to make straight line cuts on flat sheet stock
- Metal is placed between two blades: one upper and one lower blade. One of the blades will generally remain stationary.
- Takes places on a machine commonly called a power shear or a squaring shear. This machine can be operated manually or with hydraulic, electric or pneumatic power.
- Can cut relatively small lengths of material at a time because the shearing blades are able to be mounted at an angle. This reduces the overall shearing force needed for each project.
- It has a trademark production of burred and deformed metal edges.
O’Neal offers metal shearing services for carbon steel, stainless steel and aluminum sheet and plate products that are ½” or less in thickness. Re-squaring, which allows for tighter tolerances, is also available.
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