Sheet Metal Fabrication

Sheet Metal Fabrication Services

Sheet metal prototypes and low-volume production parts shipped in as fast as 2 days

Overview: How Sheet Metal Fabrication works?

The Basics Of Sheet Metal Fabrication

Bending Process

Sheet metal fabrication is the process of forming a piece of metal into a desired shape through bending, stretching, and removal of material. At Rapid, we use press brake punches and die tooling to bend and stretch flat stock into its final geometry. The sheet metal prototyping process is most often used when form, fit, and function are all a priority.

Typical sheet metal parts we manufacture include enclosures, brackets, assemblies, weldments, cabinets, and other components. Whether you need a single sheet metal part or 20 parts, we have the capacity to produce your sheet metal prototypes fast.

Benefits of Sheet Metal Fabrication With FacFox

FacFox offers metal fabrication and welding from prototype phase to product-ready parts. This means your project can be cut, formed, and welded in house, saving you the hassle of working with several shops. As part of our commitment to quality, we provide documentation and traceability for materials certification, materials inspection, and machine calibration. In other words, everything you need for a successful end result.

Features of Sheet Metal Fabrication

Advantages

Fast Turnaround
Combining the latest cutting, bending and punching with automated technologies, FacFox provides quick quotes and completed parts in as fast as 4 business days.
Durability
Sheet metal processes produce highly durable parts well-suited for both functional prototypes and end-use production.
Wide Range of Materials
Choose from a variety of sheet metals across a wide range of strength, conductivity, weight, and corrosion-resistance.
Scalable Volume
All sheet metal parts are built on-demand and with lower setup costs compared to CNC Machining. Depending on your needs, order as little as a single prototype up to 10,000 production parts.
Custom Surface Finishes
Select from a variety of finishes, including anodizing, plating, powder coating, and painting.
Cost Saving
Low investment in tooling and preparation costs, economical for metal sheet parts like bracket, chasis.

Drawbacks

Structure Limits
Interlocking and hollowed structure is difficult to be achieved

Sheet Metal Fabrication Processes

Laser Cutting

CNC laser technology allows us to manufacture parts quickly and cost-effectively while maintaining the highest quality standards.

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Forming (Bending)

Custom Sheet Metal Braking (forming/bending) services for laser cut parts, provides precision bending results coupled with superior repetition accuracy.

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Sheet Punching

The sheet metal punching machines use punches that pass through the sheet metal, to realize accurate holes and error-free.

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Water Jet Cutting

Tilting waterjet head with 4 or 5-axis CNC control, cuts more than 4″ sheet/plate metal

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Welding

Welding two pieces of metal together forms a permanent bond in which the metals are heated to a melting point, mixed together and then cooled, creating a single object. This type of bond is stronger than other bonds, such as soldering, which can be reversed.

Plasma Cutting

Plasma cutting is a process that cuts through electrically conductive materials by means of an accelerated jet of hot plasma.

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Available Materials

Aluminum 5052
Copper T1/T2/C110
Brass H59/H65
Stainless Steel 303/304/316
Zinc plated steel
Cold rolled steel
Hot rolled steel

Available Finishes

The finish option with the quickest turnaround.

Parts are left with visible tool marks and potentially sharp edges and burrs, which can be removed upon request. Surface finish is comparable to 125 uin Ra finish.

Abrasive blasting, more commonly known as sandblasting, is the operation of forcibly propelling a stream of abrasive material against a surface under high pressure to smooth a rough surface, roughen a smooth surface, shape a surface or remove surface contaminants.

Anodizing is an electrochemical process that converts the metal surface into a decorative, durable, corrosion-resistant, anodic oxide finish. Aluminum is ideally suited to anodizing, although other nonferrous metals, such as magnesium and titanium, also can be anodized.

Powder coating is a type of coating that is applied as a free-flowing, dry powder. The main difference between a conventional liquid paint and a powder coating is that the powder coating does not require a solvent to keep the binder and filler parts in coating and is then cured under heat to allow it to flow and form a “skin”. The powder may be a thermoplastic or a thermoset polymer. It is usually used to create a hard finish that is tougher than conventional paint. Powder coating is mainly used for coating of metals, such as household appliances, aluminium extrusionsdrum hardware and automobile and bicycle parts.

  • Electroplating
  • Don’t see the finish you need? Submit an RFQ with ‘Suggest’ option, we’ll look into a finishing process for you.

Sheet Metal Fabrication Applications

Sheet Metal Prototypes

Whether you need a bracket, chassis, enclosure, or any other complex sheet metal design, we’ll ship 1 to 50+ prototypes in as fast as 4 days.

Sheet Metal Products

Get the same great service of our prototyping shop higher volumes. Our low-volume production facility can produce up to 50 to 1,000+ sheet metal parts in as fast as 10 days.

Multipart Assemblies

We provide a partial or complete prototype assembly in 2 to 3 weeks. We help coordinate the procurement of your custom and catalog parts to build your electro-mechanical assembly fast.

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Industries with Sheet Metal Fabrication

Aerospace
Automotive
Consumer Goods
Electronics
Art & Creative
Architechture

 

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