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The thickness of the sheet metal is called its gauge . The gauge of sheet metal ranges from 30 gauge to about 8 gauge. The higher the gauge, the thinner the metal is.
There are many different metals that can be made into sheet metal, such as aluminum , brass , copper , steel , tin , nickel and titanium . For decorative uses, important sheet metals include silver , gold , and platinum .
Mechanical Press – The ram is actuated using a flywheel. Stroke motion is not uniform.
Hydraulic Press – Longer strokes than mechanical presses, and develop full force throughout the stroke. Stroke motion is of uniform speed, especially adapted to deep drawing operations
Dies and Punches Simple - single operation with a single stroke Compound - two operations with a single stroke Combination - two operations at two stations Progressive - two or more operations at two or more stations with each press stroke, creates what is called a strip development
Striking Tools Mallet - It is wooden-headed hammer of round or rectangular cross section. The striking face is made flat to the work. A mallet is used to give light blows to the Sheet metal in bending and finishing . Types of Mallets
The anvil used by the coppersmith and similar workmen is usually square, say from six. to eight inches on every side; and the smaller anvils which are called stakes, and also teests, are of progressively smaller sizes, down to half an inch square, and even less. Some of them have one edge rounded like 218; others have rounded faces as 219 and 220; a few assume the from of a rounded ridge, like fig. 222; and many have bulbs or buttons, as if turned in the lathe, as in fig. 223.
The beak- irons are also very unlike those used by the smith; they are seldom attached to the anvil, and arc often exceedingly long, as in fig. 216; some few, for more accurate purposes, are turned in the lathe to the conical form , like 221, these arc held in the vice, the jaws of which enter grooves in the shank; and mandrels four to six feet long, used for making long pipes, arc attached to the bench by long rectangular shanks and staples.
Fig. 215, the hatchet-stake, is from two to ten inches wide; it is very much used for bending the thin metals , in the same manner as the rectangular edge of the anvil is used for those which are thicker; a cold- chisel fixed in the vice forms a small hatchet-stake; 224 is the creasing-tool for making small beads and tubes; 225 is the seam-set for closing the seams prepared on the hatchet-stake; 226 is a hollow and 227 a solid punch, the cutting edge of the former meets at about the angle of fifty degrees, the latter is solid at the end for small holes; both are struck upon a thin plate of lead or solder laid upon the stake; 228 is a riveting-set or punch for the heads of rivets; and 229 is the swage-tool, a miniature of the tilt-hammer, to which a great variety of top and bottom tools, or creases, arc added, which greatly economise the labour of making different mouldings and bosses; the stop is used to retain the parallelism of the mouldings with the edge of the metal, and a similar stop is also at times applied to the hatchct-stake, 215.