Common Metals Used in Sheet Metal Fabrication

There are a wide range of alloys and metals which come in sheet form and that are used in manufacturing and fabrication. Which material is used depends on a number of factors such as weldability, formability, strength, weight, cost and the corrosion resistance of the material. The more common sheet metals used in fabrication are: […]

Coded Welding

Coded welding (otherwise known as “code welding” or “welding codes” refers to welding processes using specific methods. A “coded welder” will have taken a Welder Approval Test in a specific welding configuration, with some codes being more general and others being highly specific and requiring an individual method. Welding approval codes in the UK are […]

What are the 5 types of Stainless Steel

What Makes Stainless Steel Stainless steel is the name for a range of steels used primarily because of its corrosion resistance. It is made up of chromium, iron and (in some cases) nickel, molybdenum and other metals. For a metal alloy (a metal made by combining two or more metallic elements) to be considered stainless […]

Point of Sale Display and Retail Display Manufacture

We have assisted with the design and manufactured a range of point of sale display and retail display units, from one off highly-bespoke projects to volume parts. High-Quality POS display and Retail Display Manufacture At ADS Laser Cutting, we have many years of experience working with some well-known brands to design and manufacture high-quality, bespoke, […]

Offsite Construction – Benefits of Modular Construction

Brief History of Construction Activities involving constructing something for shelter etc. can be said to have been around for as long as human beings have. Historians believe traditional construction as we know it began in Mesopotamia and Ancient Egypt with the pyramids being incredible structures which have withstood the test of time and can be […]

What is Powder Coating?

Powder coating is the process of applying a free-flowing, dry powder to metals (mainly), although modern technology allows for other materials such as carbon fibre, plastics and MDF to be powder coated by using methods which require less heat and time. It has become extremely popular since its introduction in North America in the 1960’s; […]

A Guide to Abrasive Blasting

We discuss the history of abrasive blasting, what types there are and provide an overview of the abrasive materials used as blast media. What is Abrasive Blasting? There are several reasons why abrasive blasting would be used, commonly these are for: making a rough service smooth making a smooth service rough altering the shape of […]

Precision Sheet Metal Fabrication

Precision sheet metal fabrication is the process of forming sheet metal into a desired shape using a variety of different . What processes are involved within Precision Sheet Metal Fabrication? Design Stage The contractor and client work closely together to discuss the specification and desired quality of the project. This may be for a number […]

Is it Difficult to Weld Aluminium?

Welded Aluminium

Within welding, one process of sheet metal fabrication, aluminium is often referred to as one of the more difficult materials to work with. We discuss what makes aluminium difficult to weld and best practices for producing high quality finished parts. What Makes Welding Aluminium Difficult? Aluminium proves more challenging to weld than other alloys such […]

Types of Fabrication Techniques

The history of metal fabrication, alternatively known as metalworking, dates back to ancient times with the development of civilisation largely being down to the discovery and deformation of metals. To begin with these metals were used to build tools and weapons long before being used for the advancement of agriculture, transport and art. Today metal […]

How Has Lockdown Changed Customer Visits

What is the Future for Customer Visits? As we now begin to come out of the other side of lockdown, with some parts of the world opening up fully and returning to some form of normality, the UK seems to be on a similar trajectory as businesses re-open and people return to work. Where does […]

What is Sheet Metal Bending

The sheet metal bending process, which is also referred to as forming, folding, edging, flanging and die bending, is a process of deforming sheets (by putting a bend or fold into it). Essentially turning a flat piece of metal into a bent piece of metal, or a piece of metal which holds a different shape. […]

The Day After Tomorrow

Co-Founders and Directors, Duncan and Stephen Keates, speak about how ADS Laser Cutting adapted during the Covid-19 pandemic to be able to stay open, servicing existing and new enquiries throughout and how these adaptations may become the norm for businesses moving forward. https://youtu.be/CgKASpF7gvg

Is There Pent Up Demand in UK Manufacturing?

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Coronavirus: China manufacturing economy bounces back strongly after lockdown China’s official manufacturing PMI in March was 52, back from an all time low in February and higher than forecasts – South China Morning Post 31/03/2020 So, we now see the first moves in Europe of relaxing restrictions in a controlled way. It is interesting that […]

After the Virus

After The Virus….. What Can You Do? Sometimes when you are head down in a crisis, it is almost impossible to think beyond it. Businesses must now strive to lift their heads up and look forward. Clive Woodward, the only England Rugby World Cup winning Coach, said in the heat of the game and under […]