Metals come from mineral bearing rocks known as ores. When ancient people began to discover that adding heat to rock ore would release the metallic properties from the rock, societies began developing industries.

Throughout history, cultures who possessed the metals, such as copper and tin, and the know-how to develop the metal into tools and artifacts, were the more prosperous nations. You can also get the best superplastic forming service in Canada.

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Metal had value back then, and was the mark of progress. Today, metal continues to be valuable as evidenced by the fact that an entire industry of metal workers exist solely to shape metal into usable objects.

Over the years as technology and the demand for metal objects have increased, the methods for forming metal have also progressed. Today, several types of machines have been engineered to help form metal into precise shapes and sizes.

Metal working can generally be divided into the forming, cutting and joining categories. Forming is the process of changing the shape of a piece of metal by manipulating it into a new shape without removing any of the metal material.

Cutting, as the name suggests, is the art of shaping metal by removing excess material and cutting a piece of metal into a specified shape.

Joining, on the other hand, consists of forming two pieces of metal together by welding, or melting the two pieces being fused and adding a third, filler metal, to basically glue the shape together. 

Although all three approaches are fascinating, this study focuses on the metal-forming process.

Taking a piece of metal in one shape and twisting it into a new shape is known as forming metal. Metal is shaped without adding or subtracting from its inherent shape. Generally, metal can be created by heating it or applying mechanical force.