Sheet Metal Fabrication
Sheet Metal Fabrication is a subtractive manufacturing process by which sheet material is cut to create parts.
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- Use with bending to make parts using less material than milling
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What is Sheet Metal Fabrication?
Sheet Metal fabrication is a subtractive manufacturing process where parts are created by removing material from sheets.
Common sheet metal fabrication processes include waterjet cutting, plasma cutting, laser cutting, EDM, and bending.
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Sheet Metal Cutting Processes
Mills use rotating tools to cut material into almost any 3D shape. CNC Mills can work with tight tolerances.
Waterjets mainly cut sheet material into 2D parts using a high-pressure stream of water and abrasive. Waterjet cutting is suitable for most materials and yields clean edges.
CNC Lathes feed cutting tools into rotating material. Turning is mainly used to produce precise, cylindrical parts.
Die-Sink and Wire EDM machines create parts by using recurring sparks to remove material. Recommended for intricate designs requiring sharp inside corners and high dimensional accuracy.
Laser cutting is often used to produce 2D parts from sheet metal. A laser beam vaporizes a cut path to achieve the desired shape. Great for prototypes and short runs.
CNC Turret Presses create 2D parts by rapidly punching predetermined shapes into sheet material. Cost-effective for production runs of simple metal parts.
CNC Plasma Cutters use a high-velocity stream of ionized gas to cut parts out of sheet metal. Excellent for producing 2D parts when working with thick metal sheets.
After manufacturing, parts may require additional processing. Secondary services include CNC bending, grinding, tapping, knurling and more.