Sheet metal is a common and widely used material, which can be easily worked using hand tools or simple machinery. There are lots of opportunities for designing, making and using sheet metal parts to produce elegant, effective and low cost solutions for new items, repairs and modifications to existing components. This new guide takes a practical approach to the manufacture of sheet metal parts, and explains how you can make full use of hand tools and machines to produce ambitious work of a high standard. Topics covered include the use of specialist tools such as snips, nibblers, folders, the jenny, the flypress, punches and dies. The techniques for manufacturing a wide range of sheet metal parts are covered including marking out, cutting, bending, joining and finishing. There are practical projects to illustrate the use of techniques and tools.
Dr Marcus Bowman has been working with metal for over forty years, and worked in a sheet metal shop for a period in the 1970s. A lifelong maker of all manner of things, he enjoys being able to design and manufacture sheet metal components, to extend the range of what can be achieved in the workshop.