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
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 Finishes
Anodization (Type II or Type III)
Anodization provides excellent corrosion resistance to sheet metal parts, improving the hardness and wear-resistance of the surface while dissipating heat. Anodization is the most common surface treatment for painting and priming as it provides a high quality surface finish. RapidDirect offers two types of anodization: Type II, which is corrosion resistant; and Type III which is thicker and adds a wear-resistant layer. Both anodization processes allow for a broad range of color finishes.
This finishing treatment consists of blowing small glass beads against the surface of the sheet metal part in a controlled manner. This technique results in a smooth surface with a matte texture. In bead blasting, various materials—such as sand, garnet, walnut shells and metal beads—are used to clean parts or prepare them for subsequent surface treatments.
After the removal of support structures from the part, its surface is media blasted to enhance its uniform finish. For a smooth surface quality and a high level of feature detailing, SLA is the preferred finish.
Chemical Film (Chromate Conversion Coating)
Chemical films are corrosion resistant and provide good conductivity. The coating process results in a golden surface finish and is predominantly used as a base for paint.
In the powder coating process, powdered paint is sprayed directly onto the part, which is then baked in an oven, forming a durable, wear-resistant and corrosion-resistant layer. A wide variety of colour options are available in the powder coating process.
RapidDirect customers can also choose a customized finishing process based on their requirements. Our experts will work with clients to achieve specific finishing requests, such as surface cleaning, enhanced shine, stripping, corrosion resistance, tarnish resistance and vulcanization.
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.
RapidDirect’s Sheet Metal Services
Sheet metal fabrication is a process wherein thin sheets of metal are transformed into a functional product using metalworking techniques. Our own sheet metal fabrication processes include water jet, laser and plasma cutting; hydraulic and magnetic brakes; stamping, punching and welding. Final products are achieved by administering finishing processes such as anodization, plating, powder coating and painting. We ensure our clients receive custom and cost-effective sheet metal fabrication services that cater to their individual needs. Our fabrication services are suitable for low-volume prototyping to high-volume production.
Why Sheet Metal Fabricating At Rapid Direct?
- Sheet Metal is ideal for prototyping and your finished product. RapidDirect has a team that is ready to prototype or produce any sheet metal piece or product.
- Cost -Efficient – The production of any sheet metal product or prototype using RapidDirect’s Network of Sheet Metal Fabricators, produces your piece in record time and at a very competitive price.
- Your Sheet Metal prototype, piece, or finished products can be shipped in a matter of days.
- As a static piece, or part of a mechanical process, sheet metal offers a broad range of solutions for any complexity your project may present with very rapid turnaround time.
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