Steel Cutting Basics: Mechanical Cutting, Part 2

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Steel Cutting Basics: Mechanical Cutting, Part 2

In part one of this two-part blog, we went over some of the simplest mechanical cutting processes for steel and other metals. Mechanical cutting processes, unlike thermal processes, use actual physical force to create cuts rather than heat and other energy sources.

At Wasatch Steel, our steel services include a huge range of cutting services for your project requirements. Whether you’re using ornamental steel, flat bar steel or any other type, we have you covered. Let’s look at some of the other common mechanical processes out there for cutting steel.

Miter Cutting

Miter cutting is very common for several different types of metal, as it’s great for a wide range of angles when they’re used. It involves a circular metal saw blade made of one of a few different substances, often carbides. The technician begins by spinning the blade, then lowering it down onto the actual sheet or metal surface.


Metal drilling is somewhat similar to hole punching, which we discussed in part one of this blog. However, rather than actually severing a piece of the metal like punching and other mechanical processes, drilling is meant to cut a specific shape into a given material. Most drilling forms cylindrical holes in metal, though conical cuts can also be achieved.


Notching is another process similar to punching – in fact, the punching process itself is often used here, and they can be interchangeable with certain kinds of metal. For instance, notching might be used to remove metal from a sheet or plate for 3-D shaping.

Water Jet Cutting

Water jet cutting involves strong streams of water to create metal cuts. It forces water through a nozzle at extremely high pressure, which is generally strong enough to sever some of the weaker or softer metal materials out there. This water will usually be combined with an abrasive material to help erode the metal being cut, thus making it easier to sever.

For more on mechanical cutting processes, or to learn about any of our steel services, speak to the pros at Wasatch Steel today.