Sheet Metal Fabrication

TDB’s custom sheet metal prototyping services offer a fast and cost-effective solution for your projects. Services including bending, punching, cutting standard gauge metal for both prototypes and low volume production runs. Sheet metal fabrication produces durable, end-use metal parts with a wide selection of materials and finishes that meet your specifications, for a variety of industries like: Automotive, Medical device, Aerospace, electronics, energy and robotics.

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Advantages of Sheet Metal Fabrication

1 Material selection

Aluminum + , copper, stainless steel + , steel and zinc

2 Finishing options

Bead blasting, anodizing, plating, powder coating and custom finishes

3 Thickness options

Variety of gauges available

4 Durability

Sheet metal fabrication produces durable parts for prototyping or end use

5 Scalability

Low setup costs mean low prices for large volumes

6 Turnaround

Parts delivered in just 5-10 days

Common Sheet Metal Applications

  • Appliances
  • Body panels
  • Brackets
  • Chassis
  • Doors
  • Enclosures
  • Fuselages
  • Kitchen equipment
  • Office equipment

What is
Sheet Metal Fabrication?

Sheet metal fabrication is a set of manufacturing processes used to turn sheet metal stock into functional parts. The sheet metal is usually between 0.006 and 0.25 inches (0.015 and 0.635 centimeters) thick.

There are several processes that fall under the umbrella of ‘sheet metal fabrication’. These include cutting, bending and punching, and can be used either in tandem or individually.

Sheet metal fabrication can be used to create either functional prototypes or end-use parts, but end-use sheet metal parts generally require a finishing process before they are ready for market.

Sheet Metal FAQ

Do I need laser cutting, water jet cutting or plasma cutting?

The type of cutting machine used depends on the chosen material and the gauge of the sheet, as well as factors like desired lead time and tolerances.

We know which projects need which equipment, so you don’t need to specify a particular cutting machine.

Does it cost more to use multiple sheet metal forming processes?

In general, a part that is cut, bent and punched will cost more than a part that is, for example, just cut using a laser cutter.

However, most sheet metal parts demand a combination of forming processes, and this will not increase the price by a drastic amount.

Is there a minimum order quantity?

No. You can order a one-off prototype or 1,000+ units.

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