There are many ways to cut sheet metal based on the scope of the user and required return that a business may need. The process of cutting the flat pattern from a sheet metal can be done through a variety of different methods. The following chart will show you some of the most common types of sheet metal cutting.
|Hand Tools||Bench Tools||Power Tools||Heat Cutting||Plasma Cutting|
|Description:||Using snips/shear or hacksaw||Bench shears or band saw||Power shears, grinders, or nibbler.||Oxy-torch, handheld plasma torch||CNC Plasma machine|
|Speed||Very Slow||Slow||Medium||Medium||Very High|
|Accuracy||Very Low||Low||Low||Low||Very High|
When determining which method of sheet metal cutting is right for you, it is pivotal to take into consideration the factors of flexibility, speed, accuracy, finish, cost and automation.