About me: The first process of sheet metal fabrication is
often to either shear, laser cut, or punch shapes
into it. The equipment used to perform these steps
is a metal shear, a laser, and a turret punch.
Sometimes all three of these operations may be
used while the metal is still in a flat shape.
Once the basic flat shape is achieved, the metal
goes to the press brake machines to make the
bends. This process is called forming. Dies in a
variety of shapes are used in the press brake to
make one bend or a series of bends to form the
metal as specified on the prints. At this point,
some projects may be complete and can then be
shipped to its end use, but often it goes to the
welding tables next.