Sheet Metal Fabrication

Custom Sheet Metal Fabrication

How Does Custom Sheet Metal Fabrication Work?

Sheet metal fabrication is the process of forming parts from a metal sheet by punching, cutting, stamping, and/or bending. 3D CAD files are converted into machine code, which controls a machine to precisely cut and form the sheets into the final part. Sheet metal parts are known for their durability, which makes them great for end-use applications (e.g. chassis). Parts used for low volume prototypes and high volume production runs are most cost-effective due to large initial setup and material costs.

Why Work With Xometry?

Our custom sheet metal services offer a cost-effective and on-demand solution for your manufacturing needs. Fabrication services range from low-volume prototype to high-volume production runs.


Sheet Metal Fabrication

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Sheet Metal Mini-Guide

Sheet Metal Mini-Guide

Sheet metal fabrication is a process by which metal parts are cut and bent from a roll of stock material that is typically less than 0.25” thick.

Applications

Enclosures

Sheet metal offers a cost-effective way to fabricate product device panels, boxes and cases for a variety of applications. We build enclosures of all styles, including rackmounts, “U” and “L” shapes, as well as consoles and consolets.

Chassis

The chassis we fabricate are typically used to house electromechanical controls, from small handheld devices to large industrial testing equipment. All chassis are built to critical dimensions to ensure hole pattern alignment between different parts.

Brackets

Xometry builds custom brackets and miscellaneous sheet metal components, well-suited for either lightweight applications or when a high degree of corrosion-resistance is needed. All hardware and fasteners that are needed can be fully built in.

Advantages

Durability

Similar to CNC machining, sheet metal processes produce highly durable parts well-suited for both functional prototypes and end-use production.

Scalability

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.

Rapid Turnaround

Combining the latest cutting, bending and punching with automated technologies, Xometry provides instant sheet quotes and completed parts in as little 12 business days.

Material Selection

Choose from a variety of sheet metals across a wide range of strength, conductivity, weight, and corrosion-resistance.

Custom Finishes

Select from a variety of finishes, including anodizing, plating, powder coating, and painting.

Materials

Metals

  • Aluminum
  • Brass
  • Copper
  • Stainless Steel
  • Steel

Finishes

Standard

Minimal post-processing or treatment on parts is done.

Bead Blast

The part surface is left with a smooth, matte appearance.

Anodize (Type II or Type III)

Type II creates a corrosion-resistant finish. Parts can be anodized in different colors—clear, black, red, and gold are most common—and is usually associated with aluminum. Type III is thicker and creates a wear-resistant layer in addition to the corrosion resistance seen with Type II.

Powder Coat

This is a process where powdered paint is sprayed onto a part which is then baked in an oven. This creates a strong, wear- and corrosion-resistant layer that is more durable than standard painting methods. A wide variety of colors are available to create the desired aesthetic.

Chem Film (Chromate Conversion Coating)

Provides corrosion resistance and good conductivity properties. Can be used as a base for paint. Can leave surface yellow/gold.

Custom

Don’t see the finish you need? Submit an RFQ and we’ll look into a finishing process for you.

Processes

Laser Cutting

  • Fiber and CO2 lasers
  • Mild steel, stainless steel, aluminum, copper, brass, & exotic alloys
  • Up to 53″ x 121″ (+pass thru)

See more on our laser cutting services.

Plasma Cutting

  • Up to 1/2″ thick plate

WaterJet Cutting

  • Tilting waterjet head with 4 or 5-axis CNC control
  • High accuracy, up to 0.1mm
  • Cut more than 4″ sheet/plate metal

See more on our waterjet cutting services.

Sheet Metal Brake

Hydraulic Brakes

  • 14 gauge mild steel capacity
  • 10′ length
  • Fingers from 3″ – 6″

Magnetic Brakes

  • 6 tons of magnetic pull across entire beam
  • 5/8″ minimum reverse bend
  • 48″ 16 gauge mild steel capacity

Sheet Metal Punch

  • 2″ diameter hole capacity

Welding

Sheet Metal Design Guide

Sheet Metal Design Guide

Sheet metal fabrication is a process by which parts are cut and bent from a roll of stock metal material. It can be a very cost-effective way to make straightforward metal parts. Check out our design for tips on how to optimize your files for sheet metal!

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