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Sheet metal is metal formed by an industrial process into thin and flat pieces. It is one of the fundamental forms used in metalworking and it can be cut and bent into a variety of shapes. Thicknesses can vary significantly; extremely thin thicknesses are considered foil or leaf, and pieces thicker than 6 mm (0.25 in) are considered plate. At RPWORLD, our sheet metal fabrication service is designed for rapid prototyping, end-use production and assemblies.

Cutting

Sheet metal can be cut in various ways, from hand tools called tin snips up to very large powered shears. With the advances in technology, sheet metal cutting has turned to computers for precise cutting. Many sheet metal cutting operations are based on computer numerically controlled (CNC) laser cutting or multi-tool CNC punch press.

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  • Bending

    Bending is a manufacturing process that produces a V-shape, U-shape, or channel shape along a straight axis in ductile materials, most commonly sheet metal. Commonly used equipment include box and pan brakes, brake presses, and other specialized machine presses. Typical products that are made like this are boxes such as electrical enclosures and rectangular ductwork.

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  • Stamping

    Stamping includes a variety of operations such as punching, blanking, embossing, bending, flanging, and coining; simple or complex shapes can be formed at high production rates; tooling and equipment costs can be high, but labor costs are low. Alternatively, the related techniques repoussage and chasing have low tooling and equipment costs, but high labor costs.

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  • Sheet Metal Fabrication Process

    Take a tour through our production base to see RPWORLD sheet metal fabrication at work.