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Flame Cutting (4)

Category: Flame Cutting

The benefits are inexpensive cutting of stainless steel and faster production times than sawing or total machining of the material.

Category: Flame Cutting

Flame cutting is using a flame with oxy-acetylene material that cuts the metal by burning it. 

Category: Flame Cutting

The benefits of flame cutting are the ability to cut thicker material at a very low cost. This is the cheapest way to cut. One of the negatives is this type of cutting has to be cleaned after the cut.

Category: Flame Cutting

The tolerance for flame cutting is plus or minus 1/16 to 1/2 in.

General (1)

Category: General

Lead times are normally a few days to a week depending on the type of cut.

High Definition Plasma Cutting (2)

The benefits of high definition plasma cutting (HD plasma cutting) are the fairly tight tolerance but with a better price than waterjet cutting or laser cutting. We can only cut up to 2 in thick material this way and there is also some clean up after the cut.

The tolerance for Hi-Def plasma is plus or minus .020.

Laser Cutting (2)

Category: Laser Cutting

The benefits of laser cutting are the tight tolerance and the speed of cutting. It also has a low heat affected area around the cut. Also little or no clean up.  

Category: Laser Cutting

The tolerance for laser cutting is plus or minus .005.

Other Services (5)

Category: Other Services

Our machine can bend and form up to 1″ thick material and 144″ long.

Category: Other Services

Bending and forming is taking the flat sheet of material and putting it in a machine to bend it at a 90 degree angle or form it at a couple of different angles.

Category: Other Services

Edge beveling is taking the material and putting it through a machine to take some of the material off the edge and make a bevel on the flat plate. We then usually take the beveled pieces and weld the two parts together. This makes the material fit better.

Category: Other Services

Plate rolling is taking the flat material and putting it in a machine to roll it into a circle. We can only roll up to 1/4 in material and 49 in wide.

Category: Other Services

The simple machine service that Source Metals provides is putting a tap thread or drill a hole in the flat plate.

Waterjet Cutting (3)

Category: Waterjet Cutting

The benefits of water jet cutting are the tight tolerance and the ability to cut thicker material without having a heat affected zone around the cut. By not having a heat affected zone it is easier to finish machining the parts at a machine shop. This is also the slowest way to cut material.

Category: Waterjet Cutting
Category: Waterjet Cutting

Waterjet cutting is using water with an added abrasive in the material that cuts the metal.

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