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Design Guide: Sheet Metal Fabrication

We've compiled our best design tips into this guide to help you understand the sheet metal fabrication process, important design considerations for optimizing your parts for manufacturing, and information about Xometry's sheet metal services.

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Optimizing custom part designs for sheet metal fabrication requires careful consideration of various factors. These include material inputs, general tolerancing, finishes, bend dimension and radii, inserts, welding, and more.

A Look Inside at the Table of Contents

  • Overview
  • Tolerances
  • 6 Sheet Stock Sizes and Gauge Lookup Chart
  • Quoting Formats: 3D CAD and DXF Files
  • General Design Tips
  • Wall Thickness
  • Bends
  • Curls and Countersinks
  • Relief Cuts and Corner Fillets
  • Notches and Tabs
  • Finishes & Post-processes for Sheet Metal
  • Installing Insert and Fastners
  • Welding, Riveting, and Assemblies
  • Resources at Xometry

About 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 with significant cost savings.

Serena Ngoh - Xometry Contributor
Serena Ngoh
I write about Xometry and all things manufacturing. You might also see me hosting webinars, designing infographics, producing videos, and working directly with customers to tell their manufacturing success stories.