How Sheet Metal Fabrication Works
Sheet metal fabrication is a subtractive manufacturing process that creates parts from thin metal sheets. Our collaborative approach combines manual and automated processes to turn sheet stock materials into cuts, bends, and formed parts or assemblies, directly from your CAD file. Materials include aluminum, stainless steel, cold-rolled steel and beryllium copper. Each metal or alloy is selected based on mechanical properties, aesthetics, and performance characteristics based on part or component specifications.
Here’s how our sheet metal fabrication solutions can help you:
Choose materials for desired properties: aesthetics, corrosion resistance, higher strength-to-weight ratio, etc.
Remove the need for tooling with more automated prototype-to-production sheet metal fabrication solutions.
Save production costs by eliminating potential design errors that can negatively impact part maneuverability.
Increase accuracy for rapid prototypes in quantities as low as one, or for higher-volume production.
Our Sheet Metal Fabrication Capabilities
At UPTIVE, we can match the right sheet metal fabrication process with the most appropriate material in order to reduce your production lead times and reduce overall costs. The below capabilities are just a few examples of how we’re bridging the gap between how sheet metal parts are designed in CAD and how they are actually fabricated on the shop floor. Our consultative approach is designed to get you your parts on time and within specification.
Sheet Metal Fabrication Processes Comparison
|Material||Description||Ideal for||Finishes||Spec Sheet|
|Aluminum||Lightweight and corrosion-resistant metal||Aircraft parts and building facades||Anodizing, painting, or powder coating for corrosion resistance and decorative purposes||Spec Sheet|
|Beryllium Copper||High-strength, non-magnetic alloy that contains beryllium and copper||Aerospace components and electronic connectors||Polished or textured to achieve a specific surface finish, or plated with other metals for improved corrosion resistance and aesthetics||Spec Sheet|
|Cold-Rolled Steel||Steel that has been rolled at room temperature to increase its strength and smoothness||Machinery components and construction materials||Plating or painting, for corrosion resistance and improved aesthetics||Spec Sheet|
|Pre-Plated Cold-Rolled Steel||Cold-rolled steel that has been pre-coated with a layer of metal, such as zinc or tin, for corrosion resistance||Appliance panels and automotive parts||Paint or powder coat, for additional corrosion resistance and decorative appearance||Spec Sheet|
|Stainless Steel||Corrosion-resistant steel that contains chromium||Food processing equipment and medical devices||Polishing or bead blasting, for a smooth and attractive appearance, or passivation to increase corrosion resistance||Spec Sheet|
This is a sampling of sheet metal materials we work with. See more information on available materials and specs here.
Why Customers Choose UPTIVE
"We just inspected some of the INVAR machined parts that recently arrived from our latest project with you and wanted to pass along how nicely they turned out. The dimensions were spot on and fit & finish looked great. The ultem (PEI) parts on this order also turned out great!"Tom, Advanced Laser And Electro-Optical Solutions Company
"UPTIVE (previously Re3dtech) is one of the most honest and reputable companies we have done business with. We decided to look into options for getting parts made in the USA for the retail market. It was awesome to find a local company with humble staff looking to provide their services meeting our criteria, not to mention meeting the Re3tech crew face to face and checking out their operation. Peter was very honest, knowledgable about design. Peter's creative element made working with him a great pleasure. Jim's flexibility was a breath of fresh air and greatly appreciated. CentralSound is proud to scratch the surface with Made in the USA parts in the retail market now, thanks to UPTIVE (previously Re3dtech). Hope to do more business with them in the future. "Jonathan Diamond, Central Sound