Direct Metals offers various value-added fabrication processes to our complete line of specialty metals and fiberglass inventory, including wire mesh, perforated metal, expanded metal, bar grating, safety grating, fiberglass grating, and architectural metal. We are eager to save you time and money by processing the material to your specifications in an economical and timely manner.
We offer a variety of processing capabilities to meet the demands of many diverse industries.
We can cut your metal or fiberglass material into pieces, lengths, or shapes. We offer a variety of cutting processes such as:
- Laser cutting
- Plasma cutting
- Water jet cutting
If you have a section of metal grating that needs to be removed to allow you to work around an object, we have the capabilities to remove it. This is just one of the many examples of how this fabrication method can improve your processes.
Shearing is a fabricating process used to cut straight lines on flat metal stock, without the formation of chips or the use of burning or melting. Metals that are commonly sheared include:
- Mild steel
- Stainless steel
Direct Metals' capabilities allow us to produce the exact sheared size components you need to meet custom fabricated requirements.
LASER, PLASMA AND WATER JET CUTTING
This process includes producing a shape, design, or pattern into metals through CNC machine programming and cutting for artistic, structural or architectural purposes. Our equipment can handle a broad range of metal plate sizes and thicknesses. The following are some of the features of each type of cutting process.
- Cuts a variety of metals and non-metals
- Can cut thinner metals at over 1000 IPM
- Cuts a wide variety of metals
- Can process 16-gauge mild steel at over 200 IPM and 1” thick mild steel at over 45 IPM
Water Jet Cutting
- Cuts nearly any material
- Can cut materials over 10” thick
Stamping is the process of producing metal components using a punch or die. A flat sheet of metal is placed on a stamping press and we can then bend, press, fold, or stretch the metal.
The basic sheet metal stamping process has three parts with which the pressing machine works:
- The sheet metal as production material
- The stamping press
- The stamping die
Our tooling can produce the custom fabricated metal parts your project requires. This can be done with irregular or linear shaped pieces, per your requirements.
Drilling is a cutting process that uses a drill bit to cut or enlarge a hole in solid metal materials. Our drilling machines are able to handle any operation, from basic to complex.
Blanking is the process of repetitive cutting or shearing material to a predetermined size. Some of the characteristics of the blanking process include:
- The ability to produce holes of varying shapes quickly
- The production of a burnished and sheared section on the cut edge
The most common materials used for blanking include:
- Mild steel
- Stainless steel
We operate a number of low and high-volume blanking presses to meet your requirements.
Welding is the process of permanently joining two or more metal parts by melting the workpieces and adding a filler material to form a strong bond. With the latest equipment and a highly skilled staff, Direct Metals can provide a variety of welding services to meet your every need. Some of the types of welding that we offer include, but are not limited to:
- Seam welding- the result of this type of welding is a rolling resistance weld or non-hermetic seam weld
- Spot welding- is a type of resistance welding where the spot welds are made at regular intervals on overlapping sheets of metal
- MIG welding- is an arc welding process in which a continuous solid wire electrode is fed through a welding gun and into the weld pool, joining the two base materials together
This involves using a band saw, cold saw, or abrasive wheel cut off saw to cut your material to your required length. A saw blade uses sharp teeth to chip away at small amounts of material.
Punching is the process of putting a round, square, or slotted hole into any of our specialty metal products. Some of the characteristics of the punching process include:
- Cost effective
- Ability to create multiple shaped holes
- Creates a burnished region roll-over and die break on sidewall of the resulting hole
- Quick process
Rolling involves bending sheet metal to a round or conical shape. The metal stock is passed through one or more pairs of rolls to reduce the thickness and to make the thickness uniform. The rolling process may be done while the material is hot or cold.
Slitting is the process of converting rolled metal products (typically wire mesh or expanded metal) to smaller width coils to suit your requirements. During the slitting process, the metal coil passes lengthwise through the slitter’s circular blades. Some of the characteristics of the slitting process include:
- Ability to be used on both ferrous and nonferrous metals
- Categorization as a high production designed to control metal coil width
- Can be used for both metal sheet or steel coil rolls
Specialty metal that we offer that can be fabricated include:
- WIRE MESH - Stainless Steel, Aluminum, Copper, Brass, Bronze, Mild Steel, and Pre-Galvanized
- PERFORATED METAL - Stainless Steel, Carbon Steel, and Aluminum
- EXPANDED METAL - Stainless Steel, Carbon Steel, Aluminum, and Galvanized
- BAR GRATING - Stainless Steel, Carbon Steel, Aluminum, and Galvanized
- SAFETY BAR GRATING
- FIBERGLASS GRATING
- ARCHITECTURAL METAL
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