metal-cut signs applications

In part one of this two-part blog series, we went over some basics on the value of metal-cut signs for many businesses and entities. Precision metal cutting with lasers is used for numerous applications across various industries, and creating quality signage is just one of them.

At Cypress Metals, we’re here to offer the very best laser precision metal cutting services available in Utah, providing clients with several different possible applications — including signage. What are some of the other reasons why metal signage is a top consideration for many business owners and others who need signs? Here are some basics to consider.

metal-cut signs applications

Compatibility and Applications

Many signs sit in conditions that require very high levels of damage resistance and durability, and in some cases metal is the only material that can meet these needs. Other materials may not be as weather-resistant, durable, or long lasting as metal signage. In addition, metal signage is often the most visible and legible type of signage in a variety of conditions.

For this reason, you often see custom metal signs in specific applications where others will not do. Many companies in the transportation realm, for instance, will often use metal signs for things like directional signage, for identifying parking areas, and for other needs. These signs need to be highly visible and able to stand up to a lot of wear and tear — making them the ideal option in many cases.

Other areas where they’re often used include aerospace and agriculture, both of which have conditions that are tough on signs. If you need a sign that will last for years in any environment and still look great, metal is often the best way to go.

Different Types of Metals

You also have different options when it comes to the type of metal used for your sign. Different metals offer different looks and levels of durability, and you can choose the one that will work best for your needs.

For instance, aluminum is a common choice for signage because it is durable and has a clean look. It’s also non-magnetic, so it won’t be affected by magnets or other magnetic fields. Steel is another popular option because it is very durable and can be recycled easily. Stainless steel is a good choice for areas that are humid or salty, as it won’t rust like other metals can.

Limited Maintenance Requirements

Finally, especially when compared to other common sign materials like wood or plastic, metal signage requires very little in the way of ongoing maintenance. While it’s still a good idea to clean it periodically and check for damage, most metal signs will last for years without any need for special care.

When you’re looking for a sign that will last long and look great no matter what, laser-cut metal is likely your best bet. For more on our laser cutting or press brake services, or to learn about any of our other metal fabrication solutions, speak to the team at Cypress Metals today.

value metal-cut signs customization

There are certain manufacturing processes that are incredibly versatile in their potential scope, and a good example here is laser metal cutting. Precision metal cutting is a need across dozens of different industries and applications, and one particular product type it’s useful for — one that cuts across several industries — is signage.

At Cypress Metals, we’re proud to offer the very best laser metal cutting services in SLC and other parts of Utah, producing quality metal products that accommodate every client need. We’ve created products for clients across a wide swath of industries, including metal signage for a variety of companies and their specific needs. What are some of the top reasons clients prefer laser-cut metal signage for their businesses? Here are several across this two-part blog series.

value metal-cut signs customization

Completely Customizable

Our laser cutting services utilize cutting-edge automated cutting technology that allows for a wide range of materials to be cut, including aluminum, stainless steel, brass, and many other types of metals. This means that any shape or design can be quickly machined out to your exact specifications; every product is one-of-a-kind in its own way. Whether you need classic geometry for a soaring eagle emblem or custom font for your restaurant’s logo, our laser-cutting services can provide it for you.

On top of this, our machines can also remove additional interior material from metal for various decorative effects, a process known as carving. This allows you to remove certain parts of your design from the metal product itself, creating a raised look that mimics 3D objects or other effects.

Our laser cutting services utilize technology that allows for a wide range of materials to be cut, including aluminum, stainless steel, brass, and many other types of metals. This means that any shape or design can be quickly machined out to your exact specifications; every product is one-of-a-kind in its own way.

Fantastic Durability

Another major benefit of laser-cut metal signs is that once they’re created, they’re incredibly durable. They naturally resist a number of contaminants and environmental conditions that affect metal, and especially outdoor signage. Our laser cutting services produce signs that resist chemical corrosion and discoloration from the weather, including sun exposure and harsh storms.

And if you want to increase this level of protection even further, that’s easy to do. There are ways to seal your graphics beneath a layer of aluminum or some other metal, for instance, creating an impenetrable barrier that keeps both the surface of the sign and its contents safe from damage.

For more on why many businesses default to laser-cut metal signage for all their sign needs, both inside and outside, or to learn about any of our laser cutting, metal fabrication or other related solutions, contact the pros at Cypress Metals today.

metal fabrication cost factors

In part one of this two-part blog series, we went over some basic factors that are likely to impact the cost of any custom metal fabrication job you’re ordering. From the raw materials your project requires to the labor costs involved and several other important variables, there are multiple elements that come together to lead you to a final cost.

At Cypress Metals, we’re proud to offer a variety of custom metal fabrication projects, creating products ranging from fascia boards and roof packages to siding and wall panels, box gutters and many others for our clients throughout Salt Lake City and other parts of Utah. What are some of the other top factors that influence your final cost for any fabrication project? Here are several.

metal fabrication cost factors

Certifications and Compliance Requirements

The metal fabrication world is one where professionals must adhere to strict compliance regulations in areas like inspections, testing, auditing and more. Standards may be put forth by a variety of different entities, including ISO, AS, AWS, ANSI and more. In order to ensure that your fabrication project runs as smoothly as possible, you’ll need a fabricator capable of complying with these regulations. Yes, it’s important to check for this information from Cypress Metals before placing any order.

In addition to certifications, your potential fabricator should be up-front about which specific standards they are held to. Providing you with a list of requirements can help you ensure that your project falls within specifications for the area you plan on installing it in, handling compliance issues before installation has begun.

Painting and Finishing Needs

Many metal fabrication jobs will require painting or some kind of specialty finishing. Which options are required will be completely dependent upon your specific project. At Cypress Metals, our team is capable of providing services like powder coating, painting and more to ensure that you receive the aesthetic value you desire for your custom metal fabrication job.

Other finishes may include zinc, electroless nickel, anodizing or even decorative finishes. For long-lasting results that look great, you’ll need a fabricator capable of applying various treatments to your project in order to ensure success.

Shipping and Delivery

Finally, just like any other product that will need to be transported, your custom metal fabrication project will eventually need to be moved from its place of origin to the area where it’s ultimately installed. Transporting heavy metals usually requires a specialized fleet, which can make shipping costs high for any project. Be sure you’re considering this area in detail before finalizing any budget or cost plans, as glossing over it could leave you well over-budget by the end of the project.

For more on the important variables that play into the final cost of your custom metal fabrication job, or to learn about any of our metal fabrication, laser cutting or other programs in SLC or surrounding areas, speak to the staff at Cypress Metals today.

metal fabrication cost materials labor

If you’re looking to arrange a custom metal fabrication job of any kind for your building or facility, the total cost of this job will obviously be one important factor you’re considering. There are several variables that may impact the costs of any custom metal fabrication job, and knowing these in advance may help you move through this stage of the process easily.

At Cypress Metals, we’re proud to offer a huge range of metal fabrication services for numerous different applications, including roof packages, siding, fascia, gable vents and more. What are the most important and common factors to be aware of that may impact the cost of your custom fabrication job? This two-part blog series will go over several.

metal fabrication cost materials labor

Raw Materials Used

Perhaps the single largest factor in determining the cost of a custom metal fabrication job is the type and quantity of raw materials used. The price of steel, aluminum and other metals can vary greatly depending on market conditions, so it’s important to have an accurate estimate of how much material will be needed for your project.

One specific element that’s often considered here is metal thickness, because while thickness isn’t the only factor to consider, it does have a pretty substantial impact on cost. When you’re planning your fabricated metal work, take into account that for steel for example, if you want structural integrity but are worried about expense, thicker materials may be more economical than thinner ones — at about 4 mm, 10 gauge steel has almost three times the strength of 18 gauge steel, but costs about 50 percent more per square foot.

Labor Costs

Labor costs are the other major cost factor when it comes to metal fabrication. There are a number of different types of workers who may be involved (depending on your project and the shop you choose) and their efforts may require varying levels of skill and expertise, which all lead directly to higher costs.

You also have to think about mechanical labor in addition to human labor. Machine usage will drive up the cost of your job, so it’s important to have a realistic idea of how much fabrication work will be completed by hand and how much will be handled by machines.

Overall Complexity

While this area often ties in directly with overall material amounts and the quantity of labor required, it’s important enough to highlight on its own. The fabricator you choose should have the ability to create products that are aesthetically appealing, but it is essential that they also be practical for your needs.

For example, some jobs may require fabrication techniques that are new or haven’t been used before in your area. It’s important to go with a fabrication shop that has the expertise required to complete this type of project.

For more on the factors that impact the cost of a custom metal fabrication job, or to learn about any of our custom metal fabrication services, speak to the staff at Cypress Metals today.

value custom sheet metal fabrication

In part one of this two-part blog series, we went over some basics on the value of custom sheet metal fabrication for those who require it. Especially when compared to various mass-production methods, custom sheet metal fabrication offers far greater durability, lifespan and several other positive qualities.

At Cypress Metals, we’re happy to offer a variety of different metal fabrication services, including for items like chimneys, cupolas, finials and many others. What are some of the other reasons custom sheet metal fabrication is so much more valuable than other processes? Here’s a primer.

value custom sheet metal fabrication

Fit Assistance

If you’re working with mass-produced sheet metal parts, you’ll often find they don’t work or fit on a given machine or device, and might need to be further custom-fabricated by a trained metal fabrication professional. In some cases, the part you’re missing won’t even be produced anymore.

If you’re working with something that’s already been custom-fabricated from sheet metal, however, then you won’t run into these problems.

Old Equipment Salvaging

Rather than simply disposing of older equipment or machines, custom fabrication allows you to reverse-engineer the sheet metal parts for these machines. This way, you can use the custom-fabricated sheet metal parts to repair or further modify your equipment so it works properly again.

This is another area where mass-produced sheet metal parts just won’t do. If their dimensions aren’t perfect, they likely won’t fit the machine right and repairing or modifying it will be dangerous or impossible.

Simple Ease of Use

Especially when working with any custom-built parts as part of your project, you should know that custom-fabricated sheet metal parts are infinitely easier to use. They fit together and work with existing equipment and machinery seamlessly, whereas mass-produced sheet metal is very often built in a way that makes it impossible to work with off the shelf.

Consider the HVAC industry, for example, one area where custom fabrication is often performed. If an HVAC technician is working with a mass-produced part, it’s possible or even likely that it won’t fit the machine and cause serious problems.

With a custom fabricated part, on the other hand, everything works perfectly. Why is this? Mass-produced sheet metal parts are often made using automated manufacturing processes that don’t allow for the same degree of customization that custom fabrication does. The end result is a part that’s almost always incompatible with any existing equipment or machinery it might be used on, which makes it dangerous to use in the HVAC industry.

Custom fabrication allows you to ensure that your sheet metal parts will fit and function perfectly within your project, be it an HVAC system or otherwise. It’s the only way to know for sure that all your hard work and good intentions will pay off when everything is complete.

For more on the value of custom fabrication for sheet metal, or to learn about any of our metal fabrication, laser cutting or other services, speak to the pros at Cypress Metals today.

custom sheet metal fabrication lifespan

When it comes to the industrial world, there are numerous processing needs that may come with varying metals you’re working with. When it comes to sheet metal specifically, there are several reasons why working with custom metal fabricators is far superior to using mass-produced or other cookie-cutter solutions.

At Cypress Metals, we’re proud to offer a wide range of metal fabrication process, including for items like roofing and run outs that often require sheet metal fabrication. Why are our services, and those of other custom metal fabricators, the absolute apex of quality in the sheet metal world? Here are some specifics in this two-part blog series.

custom sheet metal fabrication lifespan

Durability

Simply put, custom-fabricated sheet metal is exponentially more durable than mass-produced run of the mill metals. Why? First, typically you’re not limited to one thickness – for example, our typical sheet metal purchases are anywhere between 22 and 26 gauge in thickness. For ease of reference, that’s .022 inches up to .026 inches in terms of thickness. However, these measurements can be tweaked to your specific needs.

Typically, mass-produced metals are limited to a thickness of around 24 gauge (0.5mm), which is a majorly slim 0.005 inches difference! Why make the extra effort – it’s not going to make or break anything, right? Quite simply, this difference in thickness varies based on your usage scenarios. For example, if you’re only going to be working with your metal indoors, then 24 gauge may not be a problem. However, if your project calls for outdoor usage of the metals, then their durability will of course decrease exponentially.

In addition to that difference in thickness comes an important factor – quality of material. Most mass-produced metals are made from a B20 alloy. This alloy is fine for most projects, but should something more specific come along that requires a better quality metal, other metals may not be a viable option – again, due to the specificity of other metals being produced in bulk.

Lifespan

As a result of their improved durability, custom-fabricated sheet metals can withstand the test of time – including whatever elements you may be working with. For outdoor projects, this means the difference between continuing to look brand new or rusting out after a few years in the elements.

You can get even further life out of your products by choosing properly between galvanized, aluminum or stainless steel materials — yet another area where working with a custom metal fabrication shop can help. Trying to make these choices on your own can end up badly, especially if you’re inexperienced with metal fabrication and don’t know how these should be chosen between.

For more on why custom sheet metal fabricators are far superior to mass-produced options, speak to the staff at Cypress Metals today.

advantages laser cutting automotive design

In part one of this two-part blog series, we went over some basics on how the laser cutting process is used within the automotive manufacturing industry. Because precision and detail are so important in this world, laser cutting is a common process, one that’s used in a few different specific areas.

At Cypress Metals, we’re proud to offer a huge selection of laser cutting and press brake services, and we apply our solutions to numerous industries. What are some of the other reasons this process is so valuable and popular within car manufacturing? Here’s a general primer.

advantages laser cutting automotive design

Compact Machinery and Process

Space is always an important consideration within any manufacturing process, and auto manufacturing is no exception. Manufacturing facilities are looking to maximize their output per square foot, and the compact nature of laser cutting machines can open up a lot of possibilities in terms of how quickly and efficiently manufacturers can produce parts.

Compared to what it produces, the laser cutting machine is extremely small, which allows it to be housed in tight spaces, while still offering maximum output. This compact nature of the laser cutting process can increase productivity without increasing floor space.

No Downtime With Proper Maintenance

As long as a standard preventive maintenance program is employed, laser cutting machines experience basically zero downtime. This means that manufacturers can run their laser cutting machines for extended periods of time without worrying about any need to stop and get the unit serviced or repaired.

Once again, this is huge for auto manufacturing plants that are looking to maximize their output. Mistakes are extremely uncommon, allowing for high-quality parts that can be pushed out in high quantity.

Non-Contact

Since lasers utilize high-power density and a small heat zone, the actual material being heated won’t rise in temperature too much. This means the properties of metals like steel won’t be measurably altered. What this translates to is very high tolerance levels, again allowing manufacturers to produce parts with extreme precision and accuracy without worrying about changing the properties of the steel or increasing wear on expensive machine tools.

This non-contact characteristic of laser cutting also contributes to its ability to create extremely close tolerances between two separate components that need be placed in close proximity. This has huge benefits in terms of assembly efficiency within auto manufacturing plants.

Getting Faster and Faster

Laser cutting machines have only continued to improve in recent years, and can now cut as fast as 40 meters per minute — this makes it similarly efficient as other low-cost cutting options like cutting dies or punch presses, both of which are much more time-consuming and less efficient. Laser cutting, on the other hand, is computer-controlled and moves much faster without sacrificing detail.

For more on the value of the laser cutting process in the automotive manufacturing industry, or to learn about any of our laser cutting, metal fabrication or other services, speak to the staff at Cypress Metals today.

benefits laser cutting automotive manufacturing

The world of automotive manufacturing is one where precision and detail are extremely important, and this is one of several reasons why laser cutting is a common process often utilized within it. Laser cutting offers some of the best precision available, one that leads to exact cuts with clean edges, and is used not just for cutting parts, but also for welding, engraving, cladding and marking.

At Cypress Metals, we’re happy to offer a wide range of laser cutting and press brake services, with products in use across a huge variety of industries. To showcase just how beneficial laser cutting can be for any industry where detail is of major importance, this two-part blog series will go over all the benefits the automotive production world takes from laser cutting — benefits that apply to numerous other industries as well.

benefits laser cutting automotive manufacturing

Clean, Precise Cuts

Laser cutters use light waves with extremely detailed wavelengths, with energy that becomes absorbed by the metal it’s working on. The machine can be programmed to only allow the energy through at a certain depth, in order to create either shallow or deep cuts, based on need.

After absorbing the light and heat from the laser beam, metal undergoes thermal expansion — its molecules suddenly moving faster — that results in it being pushed away from where it was hit by the laser. The end result is a clean, straight cut that is fast and easily created.

Clean edges and precise cuts are especially important in the automotive industry. This is due to the fact that quality control measures need to be taken with every single piece of metal used in creating a vehicle, as even microscopic defects harm car performance or safety.

No Fringed Edges

During the laser cutting process, the intense, focused heat produced by the laser will actually seal synthetic materials together. For sealed airbags, for instance, this can create a fully uniform covering, preventing accidents where seams split and airbags fail to deploy.

To further prevent fringed edges after cutting metal with lasers, it’s a common practice for manufacturers to grind the cut edges down. This ensures that the small amounts of fringing along those edges won’t cause any problems or issues in later steps.

Versatile Process

CNC laser cutting is an extremely versatile process due to the controlled cutting head, which moves to cut contours to the exact specifications it’s programmed for. For industries like automotive manufacturing and many others, this tool helps knock significant time off production, plus creates a part that’s consistent with each run.

For more on the benefits of the laser cutting process within the automotive industry and many others that require a combination of strength and precision, or to learn about any of our laser cutting, metal fabrication or other services, speak to the staff at Cypress Metals today.

Metal Fabrication

When you pay for custom metal fabrication, what exactly are you getting? Your local metal fabrication experts in Salt Lake City are here to answer that question. At Cypress Metals, transparency is important to us. That’s why we want to be sure that our customers are fully informed on what happens behind the scenes when they choose us for their metal fabrication project in Utah. Here’s how the sausage is made.

Metal Fabrication

The Planning Stage

First, your specifications for what you want made using metal fabrication are turned into a computer aided design. From there, our engineers draw blueprints for the manufacturing of the product. In addition to measurements, these plans include information like the chosen material, the surface finishing, and more. Once the plan is finalized and the engineers determine that the product is manufacturable, it’s time to start actually working with metal.

Cutting

Sheet metal fabrication usually starts with cutting. Sheet metal comes in huge pieces or rolls, so one of the first things we do is cut out a metal sheet that matches the size specifications on the blueprint. Although you can use shear cutting to cut sheet metal, we use laser metal cutting in Salt Lake City to make the process faster and the cuts more precise.

Punching

Once the sheet has been cut down to the size it’s supposed to be according to the design, the hole punching stage can commence. The method used for punching in metal fabrication — called punch and die — uses pressure to punch out holes of different shapes and sizes. Holes can be punched in various shapes and patterns. Punching can also make indentations instead of holes, which is called stamping.

Bending

Bending is a crucial aspect of the metal fabrication process, and it’s more complicated than it sounds. The bending process usually involves a press brake machine, which uses the punch and die method to form creases in the metal. A computer and the press brake machine work together to meet the specifications for the angle of each bend. Getting the bends in the right order is key to ensuring that no bend interferes with another.

Welding and Final Steps

Now that all the parts are ready to go, it’s time to start assembling. For projects that involve metal fusion, welding is the next step. There are several different techniques for welding, such as gas tungsten arc welding, oxy-acetylene welding, and more.

Finally, our metal fabricators put the finishing touches on the product. This can involve galvanizing, painting, cleaning, or heat treatments.

Your Destination for Metal Fabrication in Salt Lake City

As you can see, metal fabrication has many different steps, each requiring care and expertise. To ensure that your metal fabrication project is being handled with the proper care every step of the way, choose Cypress Metals for your next project. Our skilled and knowledgeable fabricators are ready for anything.

What You Need to Know About Laser Cutting in Utah

The gas laser cutting process was first invented in 1964, and it has been improving ever since. From automobile parts to medical devices to jewelry making, laser cutting has countless industrial uses. Here’s everything you need to know about how laser cutting in Salt Lake City can help your business.

What You Need to Know About Laser Cutting in Utah

What Are the Benefits of Laser Cutting?

Laser cutting is highly precise and is able to cut to the exact specifications of even a very complex computer generated design. Although plasma is able to cut through thicker metals, laser cutting is much more precise and uses less energy.

Another benefit of laser cutting over traditional cutting methods is that unlike a blade, the laser cannot dull or wear down during use. The cut will be as sharp and precise as it can be throughout the process.

Laser cutting also lowers production costs over time, so the cost will also be lower to the consumer. Plus, because human intervention is needed very little to operate laser cutting machines, human error is highly unlikely to occur during metal cutting.

Best of all, laser cutting is quick. If your company is in a time crunch, laser cutting is one of the fastest ways to get the job done on time.

How Does Laser Cutting Work?

The beam of light used in a laser cutting is made of extremely high intensity light. This light is usually infra-red and is emitted from the machine’s nozzle at the same time as compressed gas. The light travels through the laser resonator, which is what creates the beam of light we know as the laser.

Lasers are able to melt and partially or completely vaporize the metal being worked on. This is what happens when the laser cuts the metal to your specifications. But how can light cut metal?

Before a laser beam is emitted from the machine’s nozzle, it passes through a special lens that focuses the laser’s light in one tiny spot. This spot of light is incredibly dense and powerful, which is what generates enough heat to melt or vaporize certain materials.

Your Source for Laser Metal Cutting in Utah

Cypress Metals is all about minimizing costs for customers, which is why we have a 3K Fiber Laser that will expertly cut your designs. Our state-of-the-art machines are able to cut certain thicknesses of mild steel, stainless steel, aluminum, copper, and brass. Cypress Metals even has a laser cutting instant quote system at your disposal to help you create your design digitally. This user-friendly system is meant to help you translate your ideas from paper to the computer to make your design readable for our laser cutting machines.

Cypress Metals invested in these high-tech laser cutting machines for a reason — they want to help you grow your business. Visit Cypress Metals today for all of your laser metal cutting needs in Utah.