Should my local sheet metal shop know how to do this?
Hi. I am interested in having something made out of sheet metal. It is basically a 6" diameter tube (about 20 ga. 304ss) with a 3.5" round hole cut into the side such that a 3.5" diameter tube would slide into it at a right angle while of course making a relatively tight fit. So if the sheet metal used to make the 6" tube were flat, some kind of oval hole would need to be cut into it I would imagine. I called a shop in my area and they indicated that they would be able to "figure it out". My thinking is that a place that has a laser to cut sheet (this place does) should have software that would do this sort of thing automatically. I may be wrong. I also understand there are "saddle" shaped forms but I cannot use this due to size constraints. Any thoughts on the subject?