Sheet Metal Fabrication is the process of forming parts from a metal sheet by punching, cutting, stamping, and bending.
3D CAD files are converted into machine code, which controls a machine to precisely cut and form the sheets into the final part.
Sheet metal parts are known for their durability, which makes them great for end use applications (e.g. chassis). Parts used for low volume prototypes, and high volume production runs are most cost-effective due to large initial setup and material costs.
Because parts are formed from a single sheet of metal, designs must maintain a uniform thickness. Be sure to follow the design requirements and tolerances to ensure parts fall closer to design intent and cutting sheets of metal