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Why use Hubs for sheet metal fabrication
What is sheet metal fabrication?
Sheet metal fabrication is a manufacturing method that involves cutting and bending sheets of metal to form different shapes.
Sheet metal fabrication is more cost-effective than CNC machining when it comes to metal components with uniform wall thickness.
Available materials for sheet metal
Below is a list of our standard available metals for sheet metal fabrication. If you require a custom material please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
|Aluminum||Stainless steel||Mild steel||Copper|
Available sheet metal fabrication processes
Our network of Manufacturing Partners gives you easy access to sheet metal fabrication capabilities to serve all your manufacturing needs.
|Name||Description||Allowable sheet thickness|
|Laser cutting||This manufacturing process uses
a high-power laser beam to cut a material sheet.
|1-6mm (depending on material)|
|Bending||This manufacturing process uses dies to produce a U-shape,
V- shape or channel shape along
a straight axis in ductile materials.
|1-6mm (depending on material)|
Tolerances for sheet metal fabrication
The table below summarizes the standard tolerances of the parts produced by certified Hubs Manufacturing Partners.
|Cutting feature||± .00787’’ (0.2 mm)|
|Bend angle||± 1.0°|
|Bend to edge||+/- 0.010” (0.254mm)|
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Available surface finishes for sheet metal
Surface finishes are applied after machining and can change the appearance, surface roughness, hardness and chemical resistance of the produced parts.
|As machined (Ra 3.2μm / Ra 126μin)||This is our standard finish. Parts are machined and deburred, sharp edges are chamfered.|
|Smooth machining (Ra 1.6μm / Ra 63μin)||Smooth machining is like an ‘As machined’ finish but with slightly less evident machine marks. Parts are machined at a lower feed, no hand polishing is applied.|
|Bead Blasted||Parts are bead blasted with glass beads which results in a grainy texture.|
|Brushed + Anodized type II (Glossy)||Parts are brushed and then anodized type II. Ideal for increasing the corrosion resistance of the part. Typically results in a glossy color.|
|Bead blasted + Anodized type II (Matte)||Parts are bead blasted and anodized type II. Ideal for increasing the corrosion resistance of the part. Results in naturally matte colors. For glossy colors, please select the brushed anodizing option.|
|As machined + Anodized type III (Hardcoat)||Parts are machined and an anodizing type III coating is directly applied to the surface. Ideal to improve corrosion and wear resistance of components.|
|Powder Coated||Powder coating is a strong, wear-resistant finish that is compatible with all metal materials.|
|Brushed + Electropolished (Ra 0.8μm / Ra 32μin)||Parts are brushed and electropolished. Ideal to reduce the micro-roughness of the part.|
|Black oxide||Applicable on steels, black oxide is a conversion coating used to improve corrosion resistance and minimize light reflection.|
|Chromate conversion coating||CParts are machined and a chromate conversion coating is applied. Ideal to increase the corrosion resistance of the part while maintaining its conductive properties. RoHS compliant.|
|Brushed (Ra 1.2μm / Ra 47μin)||Parts are brushed with a #400 - 600 grit. Ideal to reduce the surface roughness of the part.|
|Polishing (Ra 0.8μm / Ra 32μin)||Parts are manually polished in multiple directions. Surface is smooth and slightly reflective.|
Other surface finishes are also available. Learn more about our metal and plastic surface finishing capabilities here.