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Looking for a versatile and durable material for your latest project? Look no further than Speciality Metals’ 13 x 3mm mild steel flat bar! Made from high-quality flat bar steel, this product is ideal for a wide range of applications, from construction and welding to manufacturing and repair work. Want to give your project a personal touch? No problem! This flat bar steel can be easily painted to match your design specifications. And, if you need to join multiple pieces together, our mild steel flat bar can be welded without issue. So why wait? Choose Speciality Metals’ flat bar steel for your next project and enjoy the peace of mind that comes with working with a trusted supplier.
Our mild steel flat bar metal trim strips are available in S275 grade. Engineers and contractors use flat bar extensively in the manufacture of support braces, latches, mechanical parts, industrial tools, etc., as well as for many DIY projects.
For those in need of sturdy and reliable steel material, the mild steel flat bar offers a versatile solution. As a popular choice in the construction and manufacturing industries, this steel strip provides a solid foundation for various structures and machinery. With its uniform width and thickness, the mild steel flat bar offers consistent strength and durability for a wide range of applications.
As a result of its good to excellent formability, mild steel flat bar can easily be joined by welding processes or by means of fixings such as rivets, bolts and screws.
Our mild flat bar steel is available in S275 grade. Speciality Metals offers 13 x 3mm mild steel flat bar that is ideal for various industrial, construction, and decorative purposes. This flat bar steel is versatile enough to be used in fabrication, such as creating brackets or frames for machines, furniture, and other structures. It can also be utilized in the manufacturing of tools, machinery, and equipment for various industries. In addition, this flat bar steel has excellent welding properties, making it easy to join sections together to form larger structures. Moreover, it can be painted with various finishes to match the design and aesthetics of your project. Trust that this high-quality flat bar steel from Speciality Metals will meet your needs and exceed your expectations.
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Plates and flat bars are two different types of metal or steel products with distinct characteristics and uses in material engineering.
Flat Bar: A flat bar is a rectangular-shaped metal piece with a uniform thickness, also known as a flat strip or a flat stock. Typically, it has straight edges and comes in different thicknesses and widths. The width of a flat bar is usually greater than its thickness. Most flat bars are made from steel, but they can also be made from aluminium, brass, or stainless steel.
There’s a lot of use for flat bars, including construction, manufacturing, fabrication, and general engineering. They are often used as structural components, supports, braces, frames, and base plates. Various projects that require a durable, straight metal component can benefit from flat bars because they’re easy to cut, shape, and weld.
Plates are commonly used in applications that need more strength and load-bearing capacity. They’re often used in construction, manufacturing heavy machinery, shipbuilding, and structural projects. Due to their thickness and large surface area, plates provide structural stability, support, and rigidity. To meet your needs, they can be formed, cut, drilled, and welded.
Bending a flat bar steel into a circle can be accomplished through a process known as cold bending or cold forming. Here’s a general procedure to follow:
Prepare the necessary tools and equipment: As part of the process, you will need a sturdy bench or surface, a vice or clamps to secure the flat bar, a bending jig (if you have one), a mallet or hammer, and safety equipment such as gloves and eye protection.
Determine the desired diameter: Measure the diameter or circumference of the circle you want to create. This will help you determine the length of the flat bar needed and guide the bending process.
Mark the flat bar: Using the circumference of the circle as a guide, measure and mark the length of the flat bar according to the circumference of the circle. It is important to ensure that the bar has sufficient length to accommodate any overlap that may be required during the bending process.
Secure the flat bar: In order to secure the flat bar to a sturdy workbench or surface, use a vice or clamps to secure one end of the flat bar to the surface. It is important that it is held firmly in place, so that the other end can be bent without being restricted.
Begin bending: Applying gradual pressure to the free end of the flat bar will help you bend it into a circle. You can do this by pushing or pulling the bar by hand, using a bending jig, or by gently striking it with a mallet or hammer while supporting the other end.
Work progressively: As you bend the flat bar, you should start from one end and move along its length gradually. If you want to prevent creating kinks or uneven bends, you need to apply force evenly and work in small increments. Once the flat bar has been bent to the desired shape, continue bending until the desired circle shape has been achieved.
Secure the shape: Once you have bent the flat bar into a circle, you can secure it in place using clamps or welding for added strength. This will help it hold its shape and stop any unwanted movement or distortion.
Check the shape: In order to ensure that your circles are formed according to your desired specifications, you should periodically measure the diameter or circumference of the circles you are forming. If any adjustments need to be made during the process of bending, they should be done.
Finishing touches: The next step is to check the overall alignment and straightness of the bar once you have achieved the desired circle shape. You may need to make minor adjustments to make the circle uniform and even if necessary. Use a mallet or hammer if necessary to do so.
The ease at which the flat bar will be bent will depend on both the thickness of the flat bar as well as the material used for the flat bar. When it comes to thicker and stronger materials, more force may be required, as well as specialised bending equipment.
Measuring the thickness of a flat bar steel strip is a straightforward process.
Visual Inspection: First, ensure that the steel strip is free of any obvious deformities, bumps or dents that could affect the measurement.
Clean the Surface: Wipe away any dirt, oil or debris from the surface of the flat bar steel strip to get an accurate measurement.
Use a Micrometer:
Alternatively, Use Calipers:
Thickness Gauge: Another option is to use a thickness gauge, which can quickly measure thickness at various points along the steel strip.
Check Manufacturer’s Specifications: If the steel strip was manufactured to certain specifications, the manufacturer may have documentation or labels indicating the thickness. This can be a quick way to verify your measurements.
Regular Calibration: It’s crucial to ensure that your measuring tools, like micrometers or calipers, are regularly calibrated to guarantee their accuracy.
Check out our recent article ‘Everything You Need to Know About Bright Mild Steel Flat Bar’ for a deeper dive into steel metal strip.
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