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 Fabtech?

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.

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, we can deliver your parts on time, every time.
 
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 Laser
Mild steel, stainless steel, aluminum, copper, brass, & exotic alloys
Up to 53″ x 121″ (+pass thru)
SHEET METAL BRAKE
Hydraulic Brakes
14 gauge mild steel capacity
10′ length
Fingers from 3″ – 6″
SHEET METAL PUNCH
2″ diameter hole capacity
WELDING