What is Shearing for flat alloys? Shearing is a process for cutting sheet metal to size out of larger stock. It is the most common method of cutting metal into rectangular sizes or strips (not shapes). Depending on the shear, we can cut material thicknesses up to half an inch thick.
The Shear cuts are similar to a guillotine. The material is clamped down and the bottom blade is fixed to the table. The top blade is fixed to a ram that presses down with calculated force causing a fracture in the material, cutting it with extreme precision. It has a tolerance of +-1/16″ and a maximum cutting length of 144″.