Sheet Metal Fabrication Services
At RapidDirect, we assure our customers receive custom, fast turnarounds and cost-effective sheet metal prototyping fabrication services that cater to their individual needs from low-volume prototype to high-volume production. Our sheet metal fabrication processes include water jet, laser and plasma cutting, hydraulic and magnetic brakes, stamping, punching, and welding.
Advantages Of Sheet Metal Fabrication
- Sheet metal parts are highly durable and can be used for prototyping and end-use applications.
- Production is cost-efficient and parts can be ordered in precise quantities
- Sheet metal materials offer a broad range of mechanical properties
- Finished parts can be delivered in just a few days.
Sheet Metal Fabrication Process
- Cutting: We offer a range of laser, water jet, plasma and other tools to cut metal sheets into precise shapes to meet your requirements.
- Stamping: Also known as pressing, stamping uses various techniques, such as punching and bending to produce net shape parts.
- Welding: Precisely joining metals and metal components by melting and fusing them together.
Sheet Metal Materials
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.
- Aluminum 5052
- Aluminum 5083
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.
- Copper 101
- Copper 260 (Brass)
- Copper C110
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.
- Stainless Steel 301
- Stainless Steel 304
- Stainless Steel 316/316L
- Steel 1018
Sheet Metal Fabrication Applications
Because of the process’ cost efficiency, sheet metal fabrication is commonly used in the production of enclosures, including device panels, boxes and cases. Sheet metal can be used to manufacture a broad range of enclosure features such as rack mounts, distinct shapes and consoles.
Sheet metal fabrication also has applications in the production of chassis for electromechanical controls. Using the fabrication technique, chassis can be built based on precise dimensions that ensure the alignment of hole patterns between different parts. Sheet metal fabrication is suitable for a wide range of chassis, from small devices to large testing equipment.
Brackets produced using sheet metal fabrication are common in various industrial applications as they offer excellent corrosion resistance. When manufacturing brackets, we include all the necessary hardware and fasteners.
Sheet Metal Finishes
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.
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.
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.