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Sheet Metal Fabrication Service

Low- to High-Volume Sheet Metal Parts in as Fast as 1 Day

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Custom Sheet Metal Fabrication

Xometry's custom sheet metal fabrication services are a cost-effective, on-demand solution to your manufacturing needs. Our fabrication services range from low-volume prototype to high-volume production runs. You can get a quote in seconds through our Instant Quoting Engine, or submit your 2D or 3D drawings to get quotes directly from highly qualified shops in our new Digital RFQ Marketplace. We know speed counts; that's why we offer instant quoting and fast lead times on your sheet metal parts.


Sheet metal fabrication is the process of forming parts from a metal sheet. Your 3D CAD files are converted into machine code, which controls a machine that precisely cuts and forms the sheets into the final part. Typical forming tools are brakes, punches, and dies which can form angular bends and features. Installing inserts, such as PEM inserts, is standard practice along with welding and finishing services. 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.

    Sheet metal part with inserts and welds

    Sheet Metal Cutting Types

    laser cutting

    Laser Cutting Service

    High-quality Laser Cut Parts in Days Not Weeks

    Laser Cutting Service
    waterjet-cutting

    Waterjet Cutting Service

    Instant Quotes and Cost-effective, On-demand Fabrication

    Waterjet Cutting Service
    plasma cutting

    Plasma Cutting Service

    Custom Plasma Cutting for Prototyping and Production Part Fabrication

    Plasma Cutting Service

    Popular Sheet Metal Materials

    Materials
    AluminumCopperSteel
    Aluminum 5052Copper 101Stainless Steel 301
    Aluminum 6061Copper 260 (Brass)Stainless Steel 304
    Copper C110Stainless Steel 316/316L
    Steel, Low Carbon

    Additional alloys and tempers are available upon request. We can source to your project specifications. Review more information about our materials here.

    Custom Finishing Services

    A variety of material finishes are available for an instant online quote. If you do not see the material finish combination you are looking for, please choose "Custom" under the finish drop-down on your quote page and submit for an expert engineering review once you have specified features, tolerances, inspection needs, and quantities required.

    Available Sheet Metal 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  (MIL-A-8625, 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 (MIL-A-8625, Type III, Class 1/2 "hardcoat") is thicker and creates a wear-resistant layer in addition to the corrosion resistance seen with Type II.

    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. Adds very little thickness, about 0.00001”-0.00004”. Chem film will conform to MIL-DTL-5541, TYPE I/II.

    Powder Coat

    This is a process where powdered paint is sprayed onto a part that 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.

    Electroless Nickel Plating

    Provides uniform nickel coating which offers protection from corrosion, oxidation, and wear on irregular surfaces. The finished part will be brighter. Thickness starts at .0001”. Conforms toMIL-C-26074.

    Gold Plating

    Gold Plating provides good corrosion and tarnish resistance with excellent solderability. Default application specification is MIL-G-45204 & ASTM B488, CLASS 00, 0, OR 1 (THICKNESS 0.00002" - 0.00005").

    Silver Plating

    Silver offers high solderability and electrical conductivity but is susceptible to tarnish. Conforms to AMS QQ-S-365D. Thickness is about.00002”-.0003”.

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    Applications for Sheet Metal


    • 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.
    Sheet Metal housings
    Advantages of Sheet Metal Fabrication
    Durability

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

    Material Selection

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

    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.

    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.

    Custom Finishes

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

    Sheet Metal General Tolerances

    Sheet Metal Tolerances
    DescriptionConditionTolerance Notes
    Edge to EdgeSingle Plane or Flat Part+/- 0.005"
    Edge to HoleSingle Plane or Flat Part+/- 0.005"
    Hole to HoleSingle Plane or Flat Part+/- 0.005"
    Hole to DiameterSingle Plane or Flat Part+/- 0.005"
    Bend to Edge/HoleSingle Plane or Flat Part+/- 0.010"
    Hole to Hole/Edge: Edge to EdgeMultiple Planes, Bent Part+/- 0.030"
    Over Formed PartMultiple Planes, Bent Part+/- 0.030"
    Bend AngleMultiple Planes, Bent Part+/- 1 deg.

    Please check out Xometry's Manufacturing Standards for more information on tolerances per process.

    Sheet Metal Fabrication Specifications
    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
    • Welded edges and seams
    • Weldments an assemblies

    Overview: What is Sheet Metal?

    The Basics Of Sheet Metal Fabrication

    Sheet metal is a common form of raw metal stock, usually 0.006 and 0.25 inches thick. Fabrication is a collection of processes used to shape raw metal stock into a usable product. Sheet metal fabrication includes many machining processes meant to assemble, cut, or form a sheet metal workpiece. After fabrication, a product often needs to undergo finishing processes before it’s suitable for commercial use.


    Benefits Of Sheet Metal Fabrication

    Xometry's custom sheet metal fabrication 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 in a variety of sheet metal fabrication processes including waterjetlaser and plasma cutting, hydraulic and magnetic brakes, punching, and welding. Xometry’s extensive partner network provides access to the latest sheet metal fabrication services, while our instant quoting tool ensures that you’ll receive fast and accurate quoting feedback.

    Sheet Metal Parts

    How Sheet Metal Fabrication Works

    There are 3 common stages in the sheet metal fabrication process, all of which can be completed with various types of fabrication tools.


    Material Removal: During this stage, the raw workpiece is cut to the desired shape. There are many types of tools and machining processes that can remove metal from the workpiece.


    Material Deformation (forming): The raw metal piece is bent or formed into a 3D shape without removing any material. There are many types of processes that can shape the workpiece.


    Assembling: The completed product may be assembled from several processed workpieces.


    Many facilities offer finishing services as well. Finishing processes are usually necessary before a sheet metal-derived product is ready for the market.

      Sheet metal laser cut and punched plate with Xometry logo

      Why Choose Xometry for Sheet Metal Fabrication?

      Massive Network Capacity

      Endless Options

      Choose from millions of possible combinations of materials, finishes, tolerances, markings, and certifications for your order.

      Instant Quoting Engine

      Easy to Use

      Get your parts delivered right to your door without the hassle of sourcing, project management, logistics, or shipping.

      Guaranteed Quality

      Vetted Network

      Only the top 6% of shops that apply to become Partners make it through our multi-tiered qualification process, so you can be confident your part will be made right.

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