When it comes to metals that serve a variety of purposes, manufacturers opt for wire mesh, perforated metal, or expanded metal sheets. The former can be welded or woven in a grid-like pattern, with differentiation in the weave pattern and materials used, such as steel mesh, bronze mesh, copper mesh, etc. Perforated metal can be made of different gauges, wherein holes are punched onto the surface of the metal. Lastly, in expanded sheet metal, the metal is stretched rather than punched or woven, creating a diamond-like pattern. The characteristics and applications of these materials will be addressed in this blog.
Characteristics of different types of metal.
In terms of welded wire mesh, it provides incredible strength and stiffness, as the wires are welded together as a single unit. Moreover, it is economically advantageous as each unit can be planned to the exact dimension, thereby reducing the wastage of steel. It is also easy to handle and install.
As for woven wire mesh, they are extremely versatile and durable by design, perfect for myriad applications.
Expanded Sheet Metal:
This type of manufacturing ensures less wastage as no metal is punched. Another added advantage is its structural integrity, as perforating or weaving can weaken the sheet metal.
Perforated Sheet Metal:
There are practically endless variations to perforated sheet metal in the form of the size of the hole, the gauge of the sheet, its dimensions, and the spacing between the holes. Depending on these customizations, perforated sheet metal can be used in many applications ranging from decorative elements to load-bearing structures.
Wire Mesh: The welded versions find use in mining, gardening, agriculture, transportation, machine protection, and more. The woven versions are used in filters, conveyors, and as light guards against pests and more.
Expanded Sheet Metal: They find major use in flooring, especially in industrial settings. They can also be used for making steps.
Perforated Sheet Metal: Owing to its versatile production, it can be made into filters, screens, trash cans, baskets, light fixtures, furniture, and more.
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