Reference Materials

Here you will find resources and reference material to aid in the design, procurement, cost reduction, and risk mitigation of fabricated components and assemblies. We appreciate your feedback on the content available and requests for additional content. It is our objective to offer resources that add value to your organization. Please do not hesitate to contact us for guidance or questions related to these materials.

Below you will find our current CNC punch press tooling library. The database is searchable by tool style, tool shape, and size. Detailed specification data sheets and .step files for special tooling are available for download where listed. We will continually update our tooling library as we add new tooling. If you do not see a tool that will meet your application, please contact us and we can assist with options.

The following web links offer direct access to public commodity values and market conditions for a variety of metal commodities.

MetalPrices.com – Access to free charts and historical graphs for all commodities

KITCO – Access to free charts and historical graphs for all commodities, including market news articles

London Metal Exchange – Access to primary market LME value and commodity trade information

Gauge chart, bend deductions, welding symbols, and National / International standards.

Material Specifications

Standard thicknesses and weights are listed below for common materials and gauges. If your chosen material type or thickness is not listed, please inquire about any special materials or thicknesses.

Gauge Mild Steel Galvanized Steel Stainless Steel Aluminum
Decimal Weight (lb/ft2) Decimal Weight (lb/ft2) Decimal Weight (lb/ft2) Decimal Weight (lb/ft2)
26 0.018 0.750 0.022 0.906 0.019 0.756 0.016 0.224
24 0.024 1.000 0.028 1.156 0.025 1.008 0.020 0.284
22 0.030 1.250 0.034 1.406 0.031 1.26 0.025 0.357
20 0.036 1.500 0.040 1.656 0.038 1.512 0.032 0.452
18 0.048 2.000 0.052 2.156 0.050 2.016 0.040 0.569
16 0.060 2.500 0.064 2.656 0.063 2.52 0.050 0.717
14 0.075 3.125 0.079 3.281 0.078 3.15 0.063 0.905
12 0.105 4.375 0.108 4.531 0.109 4.41 0.080 1.140
11 0.119 5.000 0.123 5.156 0.125 5.04 0.090 1.280
10 0.134 5.625 0.138 5.781 0.141 5.67 0.100 1.438
0.125 1.813

Bend Deductions

Our standard bend deductions for common materials and bend radii are listed in the table below.

Material Type Thickness Inside Bend Radius Bend Deduction
CRS 24 GA 0.030 -0.046
CRS 22 GA 0.030 -0.056
CRS 20 GA 0.030 -0.068
CRS 18 GA 0.030 -0.080
CRS 16 GA 0.030 -0.096
CRS 14 GA 0.030 -0.125
CRS 12 GA 0.060 -0.170
CRS 13 GA 0.030 -0.143
CRS 11 GA 0.060 -0.197
CRS 10 GA 0.060 -0.235
5052-AL 0.032 0.030 -0.058
5052-AL 0.040 0.030 -0.066
5052-AL 0.050 0.030 -0.079
5052-AL 0.063 0.060 -0.102
5052-AL 0.063 0.060 -0.115
5052-AL 0.080 0.030 -0.128
5052-AL 0.080 0.060 -0.136
5052-AL 0.090 0.060 -0.143
5052-AL 0.100 0.060 -0.157
5052-AL 0.125 0.060 -0.203
5052-AL 0.187 0.125 -0.313
5052-AL 0.187 0.250 -0.370
5052-AL 0.250 0.250 -0.438
COPPER 0.022 0.030 -0.040
COPPER 0.027 0.030 -0.055
COPPER 0.040 0.030 -0.075
COPPER 0.050 0.030 -0.091
COPPER 0.063 0.030 -0.107
COPPER 0.094 0.030 -0.152
COPPER 0.125 0.030 -0.208
COPPER 0.125 0.060 -0.210
COPPER 0.250 0.250 -0.450
304-SS 24 GA 0.030 -0.045
304-SS 20 GA 0.030 -0.070
304-SS 18 GA 0.030 -0.092
304-SS 16 GA 0.030 -0.116
304-SS 14 GA 0.030 -0.136
304-SS 12 GA 0.090 -0.179
Galvaneal 20 GA 0.030 -0.069
Galvaneal 16 GA 0.030 -0.102
Galvaneal 14 GA 0.060 -0.127
Galvaneal 12 GA 0.060 -0.178

Tooling Manufacturers

The following links offer access to reviewing turret punch press and press brake tooling resources. If you have a special requirement, please let us know and we can review.

Weld Symbols

A chart with basic weld symbols can be downloaded from the following hyperlink:
WeldSymbols PDF

National and International Standards

The following links are available to search and purchase standards related to materials, finishing, and quality management systems.

Industry Links

The following links offer additional reference materials and resources for sheet metal fabrication and manufacturing.

Plating / finishing specifications, links to coatings manufacturers

Plating / Finishing Specifications – Production Plating, one of our approved finish vendors, has created a reference sheet for common plating and metal finishing processes and is available for download, Click Here.

Cardinal Paint – Primary producer of wet paints and powder coatings, including touch-up paint and custom finishes.