Sheet Metal Fabrication Services

Custom sheet metal parts engineering and manufacturing services. From prototypes to high volume production and assembly.

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Leverage our Experience

Our factories in China provide a complete sheet metal solutions through flexible material, surface finish options and strong manufacturing capacity for both small and large quantity projects.

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Engineering Support

We provide 24/7 engineering customer support for your custom sheet metal engineering and manufacturing questions. This includes case-by-case suggestions to help you reduce cost early on in the design process.

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Assured High Quality

As an ISO 9001:2015 certificated company, we provide material and full dimensional inspection reports at your request. You can always rest assured the parts you get from RapidDirect will exceed your expectations.

Sheet Metal Fabrication Process

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laser cutting service

Laser cutting

Laser cutting is a thermal cutting process that uses high-power laser to cut metals and achieve high-quality results. Applicable for all industries.

Cutting area: Up to 4000 x 6000 mm

Material thickness: Up to 50 mm

Laser sources: Up to 6 kW

Repeatability: Ps: +/- 0.05 mm

Position accuracy: Pa: +/- 0.1 mm

Plasma cutting

CNC plasma cutting is a widely used sheet metal technology, it is especially suitable for cutting thicker sheet metals.

Cutting area: Up to 4000 x 6000 mm

Material thickness: Up to 50 mm

 

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waterjet cutting

Waterjet cutting

Waterjet cutting is quite different with other cutting methods for its non-thermal feature. It is especially useful for cutting very thick metals, including steel.

Maximum cutting area: Up to 3000 x 6000 mm

material thickness: Up to 300 mm

Bending

Bending is a common sheet metal forming method used to shape steel, stainless steel, aluminium parts after cutting process.

Metal folding capacity: Up to 200 tons

Maximum bending length: Up to 4000 mm

Maximum thickness: Up to 20 mm

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welding

Welding

Sheet metal welding process fuses two or more metal parts together with high heat to realize complex structure or requirements.

Our experience in numbers

companies served

3,000+

Companies served

parts produced

50+

Countries shipped

countries shipped

200,000

Parts produced

years in business

24+

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Sheet Metal Materials

Sheet metal fabrication has relatively less options for materials, usually aluminum, copper, and steel. Please check the materials RapidDirect provides for sheet metal services.

Aluminum

Commercially, aluminum is the most sought after material for sheet metal fabrication. Its popularity is due to its adaptive qualities and its high thermal conductivity and low resistance rates. Compared to steel—another common sheet metal material—aluminum is more cost-effective and has a higher rate of production. The material also generates the least amount of waste and can easily be reused.


Subtypes:
6061, 5052
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Copper

Copper is a broadly used sheet metal fabrication material in many industries as it offers good malleability and ductility. Copper is also well suited for sheet metal fabrication because of its excellent heat conduction properties and electrical conductivity.


Subtypes:
101, C110
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Steel

Steel offers a number of beneficial properties for industrial applications, including rigidity, longevity, heat resistance and corrosion resistance. Steel sheet metal is ideal for producing complex designs and parts that require extreme precision. Steel is also cost-efficient to work with and has excellent polishing properties.


Subtypes:
SPCC, 1018
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Stainless Steel

Stainless steel is the low carbon steel that contains a minimum of 10% chromium by weight. The material properties associated with stainless steel have made it a popular metal within a broad range of industries, including construction, automotive, aerospace and more. Within these industries, Stainless steel is versatile and is an effective choice for many applications.


Subtypes:
301, 304, 316
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Sheet Metal Finishing Options

The surface finish available for sheet metal fabrication depends on which material and what is the part used for. The finishing options RapidDirect provide for sheet metal services are listed below:

Anodizing

Anodizing improves corrosion resistance, enhancing wear resistance and hardness, and protecting the metal surface. Widely used in mechanical parts, aircraft, and automobile parts, precision instruments, etc.

Materials:
Aluminum
Color:
Clear, black, grey, red, blue, gold.
Texture:
Smooth, matte finish.
Thickness:
1.8 μm to 25 μm (0.00007")
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Bead Blasting

Bead blasting results in parts with a smooth surface with a matte texture. Used mainly for visual applications and can be followed by other surface treatments.

Materials:
ABS, Aluminum, Brass, Stainless Steel, Steel
Colors:
n/a
Texture:
Matte
Standards:
Sa1, Sa2, Sa2.5, Sa3
Applications:
Cosmetic parts
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Powder Coating

Powder coating forms a durable, wear resistant and corrosion resistant layer on the surface of parts. Powder coating can be used to apply colors to parts and is compatible with any metal.

Materials:
Aluminum, Stainless Steel, Steel
Colors:
Black, any RAL code or Pantone number.
Texture:
Gloss or semi-gloss
Applications:
Vehicle parts, household appliances, aluminum extrusions
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Electroplating

Electroplating can be functional, decorative or corrosion-related. Many industries use the process, including the automotive sector, in which chrome-plating of steel automobile parts is common.

Materials:
Aluminum, Steel, Stainless Steel
Plate type:
Tin, Nickel, Electroless Nickel
Texture:
Smooth, glossy finish
Applications:
Electrical connections, jewelry, radiation shields
Subtypes:
Galvanizing, nickel plating, tin plating, passivation
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Brushing

Brushing is a surface treatment process in which abrasive belts are used to draw traces on the surface of a material, usually for aesthetic purposes.

Materials:
ABS, Aluminum, Brass, Stainless Steel, Steel
Colors:
n/a
Texture:
satin
Standards:
Sa1, Sa2, Sa2.5, Sa3
Applications:
Cosmetic parts
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Sheet metal fabrication standard

We have experience and the right sheet metal fabrication services necessary to bring that YOUR idea to life. This includes services like high tolerance and wide thickness range laser cutting, bending capabilities, and other post-processing options.

Dimension detailTolerance
Edge to edge, single surface+/- 0.005 inch
Edge to hole, single surface+/- 0.005 inch
Hole to hole, single surface+/- 0.005 inch
Bend to edge / hole, single surface+/- 0.010 inch
Edge to feature, multiple surface+/- 0.030 inch
Over formed part, multiple surface+/- 0.030 inch
Bend angle+/- 1°

By default, sharp edges will be broken and deburred. For any critical edges that must be left sharp, please note and specify in your drawing.

Our Quality Promises

  • ISO 9001:2015
  • Full dimensional report
  • Material certification
  • First article inspection
  • Rework & refund policy
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