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3 Simple Ways to Optimize Material and Save Money in Sheet Metal Fabrication

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When it comes to sheet metal fabrication, saving time and money is a priority for every shop. In this article, I will provide you with three simple tips to help optimize your material and get the most value for your money.

Fit more parts on a single metal sheet.
By adjusting part drawings to fit several parts on one sheet, designers can save time and reduce material waste. To achieve this, it is important to know the standard sheet metal sizes available and to leave a 5 to 10 mm clearance around each part. Additionally, it's worth noting that most cutting machines have an unusable dead zone at the smallest sheet metal size.

Match a large part to a small part.
To optimize sheet material, you can match a large part to a small part and use the remaining material to make another piece. Knowing the standard veneer sizes available will help you determine how much material will be left over.

Consider custom sheet sizes.
Non-standard sheet sizes may be a reasonable option if your part is smaller than the standard sheet sizes. For example, cylindrical tanks of a certain diameter that need a certain length of sheet metal (to be bent to the cylindrical shape). But, if you are dealing with a larger series, it may make sense to consider a custom size (even more so for expensive materials such as stainless steel or certain non-ferrous such as brass). By opting for custom sizes, you can save money and reduce waste.

In conclusion, optimizing sheet metal parts is crucial for reducing costs and increasing efficiency. By following these three tips, you can make the most of your material and time.
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