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Sheet Metal Fabrication: Advantages of the 3D Hubs Online Platform

3D Hubs has now added sheet metal fabrication to its available online manufacturing processes.

3D Hubs already offers production by CNC machining, 3D printing (additive manufacturing), and injection molding. Their quick, precise, and customer-friendly service has made them a leader in online manufacturing services. 

Why sheet metal fabrication?

Sheet metal fabrication is a cost-effective manufacturing process of making thin metal parts. It is well-suited for the production of both prototypes and end products. 

Sheet metal fabrication takes thin metal and shapes it into the desired product. The metal can be cut, bent, stamped, folded, and welded. 

Sheet metal fabrication is being used to manufacture medical equipment, computers, electronics, and appliances. In addition to these products, this process of manufacturing is being used to make:

  • parts for cars
  • air conditioner housing
  • power panels
  • soda cans
  • covers and safety guards designed for a specific factory need
  • space rocket components

Lasers make precise clean cuts in sheet metal fabricated parts

Lasers have really raised the bar in sheet metal fabrication. Laser cutters are the most flexible cutting style available.

They can cut through most types of metals, even what is considered thick sheet metal. The cutting action of the laser either melts, burns, or vaporizes away the metal.

Cutting by lasers is quick, clean, and precise.

Quick: Lasers can cut up to 30 times faster than standard sawing methods.

Clean cuts: Traditional ways of cutting metal can burn, bend, or rough up the cut edge. Lasers, which never dull, leave a clean edge and smooth finish.

Precise cutting: Laser cutting can handle complex and intricate details as well as tight tolerances.

Laser cutters are programmed by a computer. The computer programming adds versatility to design and keeps cuts consistent.

With the advent of cloud technologies and artificial intelligence, sheet metal fabrication is moving from local production to cloud platforms.

Business owners, sourcing teams, and mechanical engineers can get on-demand quality sheet metal fabricated parts at economical prices with 3D Hubs online platform.

Materials available: 

  • Aluminum 6061-T6
  • Aluminum 5754
  • Aluminum 5052
  • Mild Steel 1018
  • Stainless Steel 304
  • Stainless Steel 316L

Processes available:

  • Copper C110
  • Laser cutting – 0.5 – 10 mm thick
  • Bending – 0.5 – 6 mm thick

Having delivered more than 3,000,000 parts since their beginning in 2013, 3D Hubs is a leader in manufacturing by CNC machines, 3D printing, and injection molding.

By adding sheet metal fabrication to our list of services, we are growing our ability to provide the easiest and most efficient way to source high-quality parts.

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