The materials you can use for fabricating your own products are numerous if you want to create your own products. When choosing a material for your product, you need to consider a variety of factors, and you should consider ways to streamline your manufacturing processes. In addition, you need to consider how the material will respond under stress, over time, and in the presence of chemicals or environmental factors. Your project’s nature, function, and performance will also determine what materials you use to build it; its end-use will dictate what materials you use. Saving both time and money is possible when you select the right material for your product.
It is also possible to cast metal, which has some advantages over plastic as a material option. However, sheet metal may be a better choice than other materials (depending on your project).
A strong and durable construction
Parts made from sheet metal are often stronger and more durable than those made from plastic. Stainless steel, aluminum, and surface-treated steel are also resistant to corrosion, wear, and pressure. Despite these benefits, plastic will not last as long as a casting method.
Sheet metal is durable and malleable at the same time. When bent properly, it retains its strength and structural integrity while bending into a variety of shapes. Furthermore, sheet metal is capable of being stretched or compressed without breaking. Casting or molding a part gives you a very specific shape, but it also requires a very specific, and often expensive, mold. Investing in a new mold and tooling for plastic can be costly if you decide to change your part at all. A unique shape can be created by bending sheet metal at a different location. Due to its malleability, sheet metal is ideal for highly specialized, complex, or custom applications.
Ability to replace
It is easy to replace parts with sheet metal, which is one of its biggest advantages. It is not necessary to replace the entire assembly when several metal parts are used to make an assembly rather than making the whole part from one substance. Modifications and upgrades can also be made with this method, thus saving money on repairs.
A sustainable future
The most sustainable material is metal by far. Metal is an environmentally friendly and economically advantageous natural resource. It is possible to recycle the parts indefinitely and turn them into other products. Once plastic reaches the end of its useful life, it can’t be easily recycled and safely disposed of. There is no doubt that metal manufacturing is a more sustainable and responsible alternative.
Sheet metal is more economical than plastic because tooling costs are lower. Because sheet metal is less expensive and wasteful than cast or molded parts, many companies are moving to sheet metal. When evaluating the cost of a material, it is also necessary to consider its lifespan and longevity. When you have to replace or maintain a material regularly, the cheapest material is not necessarily the most cost-effective option. Sheet metal is highly durable and strong, making it a more cost-effective option.
Estes is your partner
There are many factors to consider when choosing sheet metal for your project. Work with a partner like Estes Design and Manufacturing before investing time and money into design or tooling. We ensure consistent quality, competitive pricing, and the right material is used for your project with decades of experience and cutting-edge fabrication equipment. Make the right decisions for your products with the help of our experts. Learn about how we can take your product to the next level by using sheet metal for your project.