Swain Aluminum provides production and design solutions in the fields of electronics, hydraulics, refrigeration, and defense. When it comes to selecting the best metal fabrication company, Swain Aluminum is the first choice because it meets production criteria while also providing the greatest degree of quality work. With our years of experience, we can provide our clients with a high-quality product and measurable value.

Our Design Methodology:

Adherence to criteria that ensure sheet metal designs are prepared by the design for manufacturing (DFM) guidelines seamlessly.

It is important to select the appropriate material for design:

Aluminum is a temperature-resistant and weldable metal that can be formed into any shape. It is commonly utilized in the design of parts. In the majority of cases, it’s also resistant to corrosion and has a high strength-to-weight ratio.

Check out the following common material choices for your design:

The material you use for design will have an impact on the part’s design, integrity, and cost.

  • Efficacy.
  • Corrosion Resistance Requirements.
  •  Aesthetics.
  •  Formability of Desired Weight Geometry.
  •  Joining.

Consider the full Size: When working with sheet metal, keep the whole size in mind: Assume you design your part and determine where to put the holes. The holes should not be so small that they cause the tool to break. As the punch becomes thinner, the size of the sheet metal hole shrinks. If a little punch becomes too small, it can fail during operation. Drill holes that are greater than the thickness of the sheet metal.

The radius of the Hole:  A smaller bend radius indicates more strain on the work piece. When cracks appear, the material has reached its fatigue point. Aluminum, unlike ductile materials such as cold-rolled aluminum, requires a wider radius of the bend. When bend radii and flange depths are both small, flexible material produces good performance.

Make Simple Folding: Making a difficult part will cost more. A bend should have a radius greater than the thickness of the sheet, and a tiny bend in a large, thick section is frequently inaccurate and difficult to build. It is preferable to design your part such that it is as inexpensive as feasible.

Tooling can limit the shape of a part, and a standard press-brake tool can bend practically any sheet metal part. For low manufacturing costs and rapid production times, simple designs are usually ideal.

These are normally handled by a punch press, and uniform sizes should be used wherever possible. A precision sheet metal part is not the same as a machined part. Precision sheet metal parts are not the same as machined parts.

Because of their numerous processes, they are impossible to mill to the same tolerances as a machined object.

Avoid utilizing rigid tolerances: Most parts have a few key surfaces for their functionality. A product with a higher tolerance callout will cost more, and tolerance can encompass radii, diameters, and lengths. Tolerances must be specified for features and surfaces that are critical to the work. By minimizing tight tolerances, you can produce an economical design.

Maintain uniform bend orientation: By keeping your bends uniform, you can boost the affordability of your design. Bends in the same location should be created in the same direction to save time and money. If you maintain your bend radius constant, you can create your parts more cheaply.

Specific Benefits

  • Cost-effective
  • Durability
  • Longevity
  • Excellent quality

Swain Aluminum is a one-stop shop for all of your manufacturing needs. Our products include building doors and windows, curtain walls, and hardware. Commercial cars, containers, buses, and heavy equipment are all part of the transportation division.

We cover everything. Our skilled staff uses their talents and expertise to provide you with the finest. Contact us immediately for more information.

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