Custom Sheet Metal Fabrication
Sheet metal fabrication is the process of manufacturing parts and structures out of metal sheets through various fabrication methods. Cutting, bending, stamping, welding, and assembling are some of the well-known sheet metal fabrication techniques. Sheets of various types of steel, aluminum, brass, copper, and other metals/alloys find use in various industries for part manufacturing.
Industries including aerospace, agriculture, automobile, petroleum, railways, electronics, HVAC, and military use sheet metal fabricated parts in large numbers. It is not always practical for companies to manufacture sheet metal parts in-house. Modern custom sheet metal fabrication services offered by Prolean can be a more suitable option than investing in the fabrication machinery for companies.
PRO-LEAN Sheet Metal Fabrication
Prolean offers high-precision custom sheet metal fabrication services at competitive rates with quick turnaround times. Our "No MOQ" (Minimum Order Quantity) policy for custom prototype sheet metal parts and final products makes it easier for you to order only the quantity you currently require. Your inventory won’t have to hold unnecessary stock any longer.
Our state-of-the-art equipment manufacture the most complex parts with best-in-class accuracy and precision. The extensive range of materials including metals and their alloys. Some of the sheet materials available in various compositions are aluminum, stainless steel, steel, and brass. With a broad range of surface finish options, we deliver rapid sheet metal parts exactly the way you envisioned it.
Our team of skilled engineers with years of experience help your designs be ready for production. Send us your designs, and we’ll take care of delivering quality results.
Sheet Metal Fabrication
Laser cutting is the process of cutting sheet metal parts using an intense laser. It can cut through...
Sheet metal bending, as the name suggests, is forming a uniform thickness metal sheet in a shape...
Stamping or pressing is an umbrella term for the processes performed on a stamping press.
Materials Available for Sheet Metal Fabrication
Prolean offers a wide variety of materials for Sheet Metal including both metals and plastics. Please see the list for a sample of the materials we work with.
If you require a material not in this list, please do get in touch as it is likely we can source it for you.
Our standard finish is an “as machined” finish. It has a surface roughness of 3.2 μm (126 μin). All sharp edges are removed and parts are deburred. Tool marks are visible.
A finishing CNC machining operation can be applied to the part to reduce its surface roughness. The standard smoothing surface roughness (Ra) is 1.6 μm (64 μin). Machine marks are less evident but still visible.
Brushing is produced by polishing the metal with grit resulting in a unidirectional satin finish. Not advisable for applications where corrosion resistance is required.
Passivation is a treatment method to protect the metal from corroding, it generates a more uniform formation of a passive surface that is less likely to react with air and cause corrosion chemically.
Type III anodizing provides excellent corrosion and wear resistance, suitable for functional applications.
Electropolishing is an electrochemical process used to polish, passivate and deburr metal parts. It is useful to reduce surface roughness.
Chromate conversion coating（Alodine/Chemfilm） is used to increase the corrosion resistance of metal alloys while maintaining their conductive properties.
Bead blasting adds a uniform matte or satin surface finish on a machined part, removing the tool marks. This is used mainly for visual purposes and comes in several different grits which indicate the size of the bombarding pellets.
Powder coating is a strong, wear-resistant finish that is compatible with all metal materials and can be combined with bead blasting to create parts with smooth and uniform surfaces and excellent corrosion resistance.
Black oxide is a conversion coating used to improve corrosion resistance and minimize light reflection.
Here is a list of standard surface finishes. For custom surface finishes or other surface finish options, please check our surface treatment service
Choose The Right Finish For Your Material
Different surface finishes can be applied to different materials. Find below a quick cheat sheet of surface finish and material compatibility.
|Smooth machining (1.6 Ra μm/64 Ra μin)||All plastics and metals|
|Bead blasting||All metals|
|Powder coating||All metals|
|Anodizing clear (type II)||Aluminum alloys|
|Anodizing color (type II)||Aluminum alloys|
|Anodizing hardcoat (type III)||Aluminum alloys|
|Brushing + Electropolishing (0.8 Ra μm/32 Ra μin)||All metals|
|Black oxide||Stainless steel and copper alloys|
|Chromate conversion coating||Aluminum and Copper alloys|