Formed Open Metal Box
NOTE: Sheet metal is simply metal formed into thin and flat pieces. It is one of the fundamental forms used in metalworking, and can be cut and bent into a variety of different shapes. Countless everyday objects are constructed of the material.
Thicknesses can vary significantly, although extremely thin thicknesses are considered foil or leaf, and pieces thicker than 6 mm (0.25 in) are considered plate.
Sheet metal is available as flat pieces or as a coiled strip. The coils are formed by running a continuous sheet of metal through a roll slitter.
There are many different metals that can be made into sheet metal, such as: Aluminum, brass, copper, steel, tin, nickel and titanium. Sheet metal has applications in car bodies, airplane wings, medical tables, roofs for building and many other things.
The data presented here came from a MTI Engineer experienced in Sheet Metal operations.
This Cost Model is used to produce a metal box with the top side open.
This Cost Model has a variety of processes including lasercut, coining, punching, presswork, and painting that can be performed on sheet metal. A typical open Sheet Metal box could be estimated in its entirety with this Cost Model. The estimate here starts out with the box in flat layout mode (opened up like a flower).
1. Select "Gage Number"
The thickness of the sheet metal is called its gage. The gauge of sheet metal ranges from 36 gage to 3 gage. The higher the gage, the thinner the metal is. The actual inch/mm size will appear on the next line. You can then go back and reselect until the decimal size you want appears on the screen.
2. Input "Box Length" (longest side).
3. Input "Box Width" (shortest side).
4. Enter "Box Height"
5. The program will now calculate the bend, and paint time.