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The Old-fashioned Spinning of a Copper Teakettle

Copper spinning is the process of creating a rounded copper object on a spinning metal lathe. Some factories still employ the use of individual human spinners to shape the copper pieces. Other factories have switched out human spinners for machine-operated spinning machines, which can create more precise and exact results from the metal every time.

Sheet Metal Spinning is Fundamental to Metalworking

Sheet metal is a fundamental component of the metalworking process. Whether it be a hot working process or a cold working process it can be cut, bent and molded in to many different shapes. Sheet metal is simply a vary flat piece of metal that can vary in thickness from a very thin foil or to a sheet metal plate, more than 6 mm. Sheet metals can be made of any metal that can be made into sheet form; however ductile metals are preferred because they bend and stretch before they break. Copper, titanium, aluminum and stainless steel are the best ductile materials. The main difference between sheet metal spinning and traditional metal spinning is that sheet metal is used as a perform instead of a round, flat blank.

Spinning Large: Sheet Metal Spinning

Sheet metal spinning is the process of shaping one solid sheet of metal into a shaped piece that can be used for a variety of different tasks, such as light housing, wheel bases, industrial parts, and more. Generally, sheet metal spinning is done on a smaller scale, but for some uses, huge pieces of metal are used. Spinning larger pieces of metal is rather difficult, and so it is often done by hand with human workers rather than machines. The process of shaping large pieces of sheet metal is complicated and can take much longer than traditional, smaller spinning.