Parts made with sheet metal are highly heat resistant and offer a wide variety of applications. From airplane wings to RF shields, Fast Radius can help you produce high-quality applications with sheet metal.
Producing parts with Sheet metal
Cutting and bending
|Includes 90% of all sheet metal manufacturing and involves cutting the sheet with a laser, bending with a press brake, and finishing as needed.|
|Refers to a number of operations, including bending, blanking, coining, embossing, and punching.|
|Ideal for creating longer pieces of sheet metal with complex cross-sections, offering high production rates and good surface finish.|
|Suitable for low-quantity production of large parts with shallow contours.|
|Produce shallow or deep parts with relatively simple shapes at a high production rate.|
|Utilized to produce axisymmetric parts of all sizes with good surface finishes.|
|Produces sheet metal that is protected by rubber membranes and is most commonly used to draw and emboss simple or complex shapes.|
|Can produce complex shapes with fine details.|
|Most suitable for large sheets with shallow contours.|
|Typically used to produce very large pieces of sheet metal with relatively complex shapes|
Magnetic pulse forming
|Works best for shallow forming, bulging, and embossing operations, particularly on sheets made of more malleable metal.|
|Coated with a thin layer of zinc to guard against corrosion and stands up well against water exposure. Galvanized steel can be further divided into electro-galvanized sheets or hot-dipped metallic-coated sheets. Electro-galvanized sheets have a smoother appearance, but hot-dipped sheets are more resistant to corrosion. All galvanized steel is susceptible to corrosion via saltwater.|
|Produced by adding chromium to molten steel, stainless steel tends to be stronger than galvanized steel. It is also rust-resistant and can be safely exposed to saltwater, which, combined with its mechanical strength, makes it a leading pick for construction projects.|
|Stainless 301, 303, 304, 316, Steel 1018, A36, Low Carbon, Aluminum 5052, 3003, 2024|
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|Involves shooting jets of an abrasive material at the metal to clean the surface and is often used as a preliminary step to remove impurities prior to painting or additional treatment.|
|Uses abrasive brushes to clean and score a metal surface. It can serve as a final finish, and it’s commonly used to finish appliances.|
|Creates a smooth, glossy surface and can be used either as a final finish or as a preliminary step before other finishing processes.|
|Involves applying a dry powder to the surface and then curing it with heat, resulting in a durable surface.|
|Can be done electrolytically or electroless to inhibit corrosion, harden a surface, reduce friction, and prevent wear.|
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Common Sheet MEtal Applications
Sheet metal can be made from almost any kind of metal, but the most common materials are galvanized steel and stainless steel. Common applications include:
Cabinetry, walls, and roofing.
Airplane wings and other aerospace parts.
Automobile bodies and other automotive parts.
Sheet Metal advantages and challenges
- Requires specific design for manufacturing expertise
- Difficult to make adjustments late in the design process
- Thickness requirements
Sheet Metal resources
Learn more about the sheet metal services we offer at the Fast Radius resource center.