Punching fabrications is a manufacturing process that uses a punch press to cut holes into a variety of flat materials, such as paper, plastic filament, and sheet metal, among many others. A punch press is a large machine that can either be hydraulic-powered or mechanical, and many operate through a computer numeric control system, which is automated. Lots of industrial and consumer-focused products use components with wire mesh, including, for example, construction infill panels, safety guards, fireplace screens, enclosures, planters, flooring, galvanized hardware cloth, soffit and gutter guards, oil refinery manway covers, cookware, and more.
Advantages of Punching Wire Mesh
Wire mesh punching is common in metalworking and manufacturing because it’s cost-effective and can be adapted to fit any size and pattern specification. It’s also faster than other metal stamping methods, which allows manufacturers to meet high demands with tight deadlines and scale their processes as appropriate. Automated punching systems are usually the best option for producing accurate, delicate screens because they provide exceptionally fine tolerances and work on materials that are thick or hard to cut.
Wire Mesh Punching Process
A punch press consists of three parts: the punch and two die. One die is placed on top of the material that needs to be punched, and then the second die is positioned underneath it. In most cases, these components are made of steel or tungsten, which are hard and easy to sharpen.
Once everything is in position, the technician moves through a series of simple steps:
- Using the punching press to apply pressure between the dies, causing the metal to cut holes into the material.
- Collecting the scrap material to be recycled or reused.
- Repeating this process until enough mesh pieces have been produced to fill the order.
Although this process might seem simple, it requires complex machinery, mechanical upkeep, and time. Many punches operate by creating a long series of tiny holes one at a time. As the material slides through the machine’s production line, more holes are added.
At Lawrence Sintered Metals, we supply thousands of wire mesh discs in various shapes, sizes, and thicknesses. We also offer a broad selection of alloys to choose from, including:
- Plain Steel
- Sintered Mesh
- Stainless Steel
- Welded Stainless Steel
If you need wire mesh made out of any of these materials, Lawrence Sintered Metals can streamline the manufacturing and ordering process for you. We cut mesh discs from pre-made rolls of wire mesh, which allows us to respond swiftly to customers. We also routinely create new products using our own punch press and die sets, which makes it possible to fill large-volume orders, last-minute requests, and custom fabrication assignments.
Overall, our wire mesh discs offer:
- Full traceability
- Short- or long-run use
- An ID hole
- High-speed manufacturing
- Superior disc diameter accuracy
Contact Lawrence Sintered Metals for Your Wire Mesh Application
At Lawrence Sintered Metals, we have been producing wire mesh discs for over 20 years. Our experience and expertise are suitable to handle any size metal fabrication project, and we’ve worked with everyone from local shop owners to Fortune 500 magnates.
No matter your business type or size, we’ll work tirelessly to deliver high-quality mesh products at reasonable prices. If you would like to learn more about wire mesh discs and how your business can use them, contact us today!