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A tiny paper clip was once a minuscule lump of steel. After being heated and processed through metal fabrication, that little office tool, used on a daily basis in homes, offices, businesses, corporations, and government buildings across the world, came into being.

Cutting Edge Laser, a local sheet metal fabrication and manufacturing company, recently released an article describing their process of sheet metal fabrication. This intriguing procedure is the brains behind the construction of everyday items, tools, and equipment that are consistently used in homes and businesses.

The article begins with a description of the most common metal used in sheet metal fabrication, COR-TEN A. Between four to eight times the strength of carbon steel, this particular type of metal is a primer, high-strength, low-alloy steel. As a corrosion resistant form of steel, COR-TEN A is generally used to manufacture products that undergo consistent exposure to the elements. A second type of metal is also discussed, known as ASTM A-36, used for structural fortification, requiring a high degree of heavy usage or wear.

The fabrication process begins with pressing the metal. Then, the metal is cut by lasers, followed by being bent by a press brake and then coated with powder. According to the article, “Rather than using the imprecise quantity-giant of a stamping tool, we focus on precision and perfection in everything we produce.” Cutting Edge Laser is committed to meticulous excellence in each of their production procedures.

About Cutting Edge Laser:
CEL Manufacturing was founded in 1995 as Cutting Edge Laser, Inc. with the objective of servicing Puget Sound’s laser cutting and sheet metal fabrication requirements. From early on there was a commitment to equip the shop floor with the latest technology in metal processing equipment. Today, their services have expanded from laser cutting to sheet metal fabrication, machining, forming, welding, rapid prototyping, and design and engineer.


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