Punching & Forming

Punching and forming departments at Schuette Metals work on complex shapes using various materials, from aluminum to high-strength steel.  
All brake presses are CNC controlled and feature offline programming.

Material Dimensions

  • Thicknesses up to 1-inch
  • Lengths up to 16 feet

Overview of Shaping Metal

The following doesn't reflect the services or capabilities of Schuette Metals, it simply describes a few ways to shape metal.

There are a variety of ways to create steel shapes. The most common method is Punching and Forming, which involves inserting the metal into a die (a device that forms the shape of the material) and then heating it to make it softer. After softening the metal, a smith uses a hammer to strike and shape it. It's possible to use this method on mild or stainless steel, but not cast iron.

Another way to create steel shapes is by roll forming. On mild or stainless steel materials, roll forming occurs when using a rubber roller over the metal surface and injecting molten steel to create the desired shape.

Forging is another way to create steel shapes. The first step is to pour heated metal into a die, allow it to cool, then remove the hardened piece from the die. Forging requires more manual work than punching and forming, as one must manually shape and hammer the hot material before it cools down completely.

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