Sheet Metal Fabrication

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Advantages of Sheet Metal

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.

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.

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.

Sheet Metal Processes

Laser Cutting

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

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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

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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

Plasma Cutting

  • Up to 1/2″ thick plate

Sheet Metal Punch

  • 2″ diameter hole capacity

Welding

Sheet Metal Materials

Metals

  • Aluminum
  • Brass
  • Copper
  • Stainless Steel
  • Steel

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 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.

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.

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.

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 which 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 which 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 market.

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 waterjet, laser 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.

Industries That Use Sheet Metal Fabrication

Parts created through the sheet metal fabrication process can be found in industries like aviation/aerospace, automotive, construction, railroad, shipbuilding, HVAC, industrial automation, machinery, oil, and gas.

Industries that use Sheet Metal

Featured Sheet Metal Resources

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.

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