Sheet Metal Fabrication for Appliance Parts

With 10+ years of manufacturing experience, KDM has been the #1 go-to source solution for a wide variety of steel appliances, food preparation appliances, and countertop appliances. We use the best metals and high-tech sheet metal fabrication processes. It allows us to design superior quality products in the appliance industry.

Appliance Industry

Our experienced professionals have rich knowledge and expertise in making the various sheet metal products in modern-day machines. We can produce appliances from any metal material such as stainless steel, aluminum, carbon steel, etc. KDM is popular for strict adherence to quality control, specifications, and tolerances.

Regardless of the kind of appliance that is needed, KDM can tailor and produce it efficiently. Some are the following steel products we manufacture for appliance applications:

  • Residential kitchen countertop appliance
  • Large appliance freezer door skins
  • Mixer and blender housings
  • Stoves and ovens housings
  • Frozen yogurt dispensing equipment
  • Frozen food and soft-serve ice cream equipment
  • Commercial kitchen standard stainless products
  • Memphis wood-fired grills
  • Built-in stationary grills
  • Freestanding portable grills, etc.

KDM custom your appliance according to your specifications. Our team can provide a sample design and prototype. But you can suggest a reference or a drawing that meets multiple configurations. Throughout the years, KDM become a trusted partner for so many appliance manufacturers.

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Appliance Sheet Metal: The Ultimate Guide

Choosing a suitable appliance sheet metal material can be an overwhelming task.

You should know the type of material properties, benefits and limitation of each material before using it for appliance fabrication.

Let’s explore some of these appliance sheet metals.

Choosing Sheet Metal For Appliances

Sheet metal for appliances refers to metal with a reasonably “small” thickness.

The sheet is pliable and thin.

Although it maintains strength and structural integrity.

Sheet metal for appliances comes in the following different forms:

Sheet metal appliance

Sheet metal appliance

Cold Rolled Steel Sheet Metal For Appliances

Cold rolled steel sheet metal for appliances is manufactured using a rolling process which is carried out at room temperature.

It tends to be pressed to form a sheet while in a cold state and this increases its strength by about 20 percent.

Some of the properties of cold-rolled steel sheet metal for appliances include:

  • Has various levels of temper such as quarter, half, and full hard.
  • High yield point
  • Decreased ductility
  • Extremely tight tolerances
  • It can be bent without breaking

Some of the uses of cold-rolled steel sheet include:

  • Used for any appliances which require an even or polished appearance.
  • Most often used in metal furniture, home appliances, filling cabinets, and school lockers
  • In the construction industry, it is a common material for the construction of steel sheds, garages, and industrial buildings.

Hot Rolled Steel Sheet Metal For Appliances

Contrary to the former, hot rolled steel sheet metal for appliances is made while the steel is still hot.

Hot rolled steel metal tends to be difficult to work with as compared to cold rolled steel although the sheet form is easier to manage.

Properties of hot rolled steel sheets for appliances include:

Properties of hot rolled steel sheets

  • Has great strength, weldability, and toughness.
  • Its temperature of ending is between 800 degrees Celsius to 900 degrees Celsius.
  • Resistant to corrosion
  • Its width is bigger than 599 mm
  • It has 2 thickness ranges that are between 0.35 mm to 200 mm and between 1.2 mm to 25 mm.

Some of the uses of hot rolled steel sheet metal include:

  • Mostly used for art sculptures
  • Truck frames and auto seat frames
  • Agriculture equipment
  • Structural components such as cross-sections, rails tracks, sheet metal, and beams.

Stainless Steel Sheet Metal For Appliances

Appliances made from stainless steel

Appliances made from stainless steel

Stainless steel sheet metal for appliances tends to be forged using steel and chromium.

Not only is stainless steel sheet metal for appliances durable, but also affordable and easy to work with.

Some of the properties of stainless steel for metal appliances include:

  • Rust resistant
  • Does not corrode
  • Easily welded
  • Has an attractive finish
  • Relatively low maintenance as it ages
  • Flexible
  • Shiny and tough
  • The sheets range in thickness up to ¼ inch

Some of the uses of stainless-steel sheet metal include

  • Used in kitchen appliances, kitchen accessories, counters, cutlery, cookware, and sinks.
  • It is used in making storage tanks, valves, pipes, and other components.
  • Mostly used in construction because of its flexibility, strength, and resistance to corrosion.
  • Also used in car exhaust systems, grills, structural components, and trims.
  • Makes valves, pipes, storage tanks, and several other components.
  • In surgical and dental instruments, surgical implants, pins, MRI scanners, and plates are used in fixing broken bones in place.

Carbon Steel Sheet Metal For Appliances

Carbon steel sheet metal for appliances is an alloy composed of carbon and iron with several other elements which have low maximum percentages incorporated.

Such elements include silicon of about 0.60 percent maximum, manganese of about 1.65 percent maximum, and copper of 0.60 percent maximum.

Some of the properties of carbon steel sheet metal for appliances include:

  • Versatile
  • Superior tensile strength
  • Electrical resistivity

Uses of carbon steel sheet metal for appliances include:

  • Carbon steel sheet metal is mainly used for general fabrication purposes, especially whenever there is no concern for corrosion such as on store signs and car bodies.
  • It is also suitable in cases where a coating process will be carried out to protect the appliances from any harmful elements that may pose damage.

Galvanized Steel Sheet Metal For Appliances

It is a form of carbon steel sheet metal for appliances that have gone through the process of galvanizing. In this process, Zinc oxide tends to be coated on the steel’s outside surface to protect it from rusting.

Some of the properties of galvanized steel sheet metal for appliances include:

  • Corrosion resistance
  • Abrasion resistance
  • Formability due to the great ductility of zinc
  • Durability
  • Excellent surface appearance
  • Weldability
  • Paint ability
  • Recyclable

Some of the uses of galvanized steel sheet metal include:

  • Automobile manufacturing
  • Refrigerated containers
  • Construction
  • Ventilation and heating facilities
  • Manufacturing of furniture

Aluminum Sheet Metal For Appliances

Aluminum sheet metal for appliances tends to be the most used type of sheet metal as it is non-magnetic, strong, and non-toxic. It has the symbol of Al and its atomic number is 13 which means that it is extremely chemically reactive.

Some of the properties of aluminum sheet metal for appliances include:

  • Lightweight
  • Strong
  • Resistant against rust and corrosion
  • Ductility
  • Great thermal and electrical conductor
  • It is a good reflector of visible heat and light
  • Nontoxic

Some of the uses of aluminum sheet metal for appliances include:

  • Used in building homes as it requires low maintenance and is thermally efficient
  • Consumer appliances such as tablets, smartphones, laptops, and flat-screen TVs
  • It is used in making motors, appliances such as power systems, Television antennas, LED, and satellite dishes.
  • Used in making so many home appliances and kitchen utensils.
  • Used in power lines for long distances as it is resistant to corrosion and has a low density.

Copper Sheet Metal For Appliances

Copper Sheet Metal

Copper sheet metal tends to be used in a wide range of applications because of its excellent thermal and electrical conductivity.

Some of the properties of copper sheet metal for appliances include:

  • Electrical conductivity
  • Superior aesthetic appeal
  • Malleable
  • Thickness range from 0.4 mm to 3.00 mm
  • Good strength
  • Resistant to corrosion
  • Great formability

Uses of copper sheet metal for appliances include:

  • Used in home décor and other artwork forms
  • It also tends to be used in appliances where electricity must be transmitted to a given workpiece such as resistance welding appliances.
Appliances Made From Sheet Metal

Some of the appliances which are made from sheet metal include:

Kitchen appliances

Kitchen appliances

  • Household appliances
  • Furniture
  • Lockers
  • Filling cabinets
  • Steel shades
  • Garages
  • Industrial buildings
  • Kitchen utensils
  • Window frames
  • Decorative paper
  • Toys
  • Heat sinks
  • Countertops
  • Reflectors such as rescue blankets and light fittings
  • Watches
  • Bicycles
  • Coins
  • Tabletops
  • Doors
  • Backsplashes
  • Planters
  • Finger push plates
  • Door kick plates
Factors To Consider When Choosing Appliance Sheet Metal Material

Some of the factors to consider when choosing appliance sheet metal material include:

Purpose Of The Sheet Metal Material

You should have in mind the function that you would like the sheet metal material to serve.

This is because there are consistent changes in technology and processes, equipment, materials, and tooling are advancing constantly.

Fabrication Technique

Determine the suitable fabrication technique which will be used on the material such as spinning, stamping, deep drawing, or hydroforming.

This will help you select the most appropriate sheet metal material needed.

Types Of Sheet Metals

There are several metals and alloys which can be used in the production of sheet metal thus choose based on their final use.

Some of the properties which you can consider include formability, weldability, weight, resistance to corrosion, cost, and strength.

Surface Finishing

Determine the type of sheet metal material to choose based on the final appearance you would like to achieve as this will give the required protection to the appliance.

Hardness Of Sheet Metal Material

Sheet Metal Material

Establish the ability of the sheet metal to withstand possibilities of deformation in case there is impact, abrasion, and load.

Corrosion Resistance Requirements

Ensure that you look at the condition to which the appliance will be exposed once placed for end-use and select the material accordingly.

Surface Finish For Appliance Sheet Metal

Some of the surface finish options for appliance sheet metal include:

Types of sheet metal

Types of sheet metal

Bead Blasting

It is a finishing process that entails shooting thousands of abrasive particles which are tiny like sand and glass at the surface of sheet metal using compressed air.

The impact that is sustained can create a smooth surface and matte textures.

Advantages of bead blasting include:

  • It is a safe method that is compatible with sheet metals such as brass, aluminum, and stainless steel.
  • Long-lasting
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Suitable for treating sensitive surfaces

Disadvantages of bead blasting include:

  • It is not economic for small projects
  • High precaution measures by operators are required

Anodizing

It uses an electrochemical process to form a layer that is corrosion resistant on the surface of the sheet metal.

Anodizing process involves submerging a part of sheet metal in an acid electrolyte bath and then subjecting it to an electric current.

The combination of these elements causes the part of the sheet metal to be changed into an anodic oxide layer that fully integrates into the part of the surface.

Advantages of anodizing include:

  • Has excellent abrasion and corrosion resistance
  • No risk of fading, chalking, and adhesion failure.
  • Gives an irremovable and perfect sheet metal finishes
  • Offers a wide range of finishes for sheet metals.

Disadvantages of anodizing include:

  • It has a lower range of compatible materials.
  • At times it is challenging to replicate consistency when handling different sheet metal parts.

Powder Coating

It is an aesthetic finishing process that entails spraying powdered paint on the material’s surface. The sheet metal is then baked to paint bonds onto its surface.

This can form a strong layer that is resistant to corrosion and wear.

Advantages of powder coating include:

  • Excellent abrasion and corrosion resistance
  • The finishes which are implanted are economical and long-lasting
  • The sheet metal products which are produced are less flammable and non-toxic.
  • Offers a wide range of sheet metal finishes.

Disadvantages of powder coating include:

  • Tends to be relatively costly.
  • Powders cannot be mixed to obtain different colors.

Electroplating

Electroplating

In this method, fine layers of another metal type tend to be deposited on the surface of a given part of the sheet metal.

It occurs by placing the layers of the metal on the anode position and then the sheet metal part on the cathode position.

Both metals are then placed inside an electrolyte that resembles the anodic material and then bonded together chemically via electric conduction.

Advantages of electroplating include:

  • Great resistance to abrasion and corrosion.
  • Ensures improved conductivity
  • It reduces friction
  • It is compatible with several sheet metals.

Disadvantages of electroplating include:

  • It is relatively costly.

At KDMFAB, we will help you choose suitable appliance sheet metal for all your applications – talk to us now.

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