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Sheet metal prototyping and production services in the UK

Sheet Metal Shaped Fast & Affordably

Get custom high-precision sheet metal parts and prototypes
from as fast as 5 days.

Lead time from 5 days
From 1 to 10,000+ parts
Wide range of processes available
ISO and IATF certified
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Laser Cutting

We have CNC laser cutting capabilities for high precision parts and prototypes requiring a higher level of detail.
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Plasma Cutting

We offer CNC plasma cutting services suitable for both large-scale and one-off custom fabrication projects.
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Sheet Metal Bending

Bending is a common sheet metal forming method used to shape steel, stainless steel, aluminium parts after cutting process.
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Waterjet cutting

We have waterjet cutting capabilities useful for cutting very thick sheets of metal with a very high-quality finish.
Sheet metal assembly services for simple and complex parts and prototypes

Assembly

We provide sheet metal assembly services using a range of techniques including welding and riveting to assist in streamlining production processes.
Low-volume sheet metal enclosures

Enclosures

Sheet metal fabrication offers an inexpensive, reliable and efficient solution for producing custom enclosures.

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Sheet Metal Prototyping and Production Services

Our rapid sheet metal prototyping and production services include a variety of tooled and manual manufacturing techniques and processes enabling us to realise some highly complex parts without expensive and time-consuming production tooling. We can help you quickly and accurately make your enclosures, brackets, assemblies, weldments, cabinets, housings and other sheet metal parts and prototypes.

Sheet Metal Materials

Aluminium

Aluminium sheet metal offers excellent strength to weight ratio and corrosion resistance, making it a popular choice in the aerospace and aviation, automotive, and consumer electronics industry.
Material Reference
AL5052, AL6061, 5052-H32
Appearance
Silvery White
Custom sheet metal fabricated aluminium products

Copper

Copper is an excellent material for sheet metal fabrication. It is malleable, ductile, and an extremely good conductor of both heat and electricity. It is commonly used for electrical equipment such as wiring and motors.
Material Reference
Red Copper, Brass
Appearance
Pinkish Orage, Reddish Brown, Reddish-Gold
Custom fabricated sheets of copper

Low Carbon Steel

Though low carbon steel is weaker and softer, it is good for situations that require structural steel fabrication, such as automobile body components and cans, as it has a very consistent yield strength and is easy to shape.
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Cold Rolled Steel (CRS)

At HLH, we can fabricate cold rolled steel sheets. CRS is essentially hot rolled steel that has been further strengthened by being allowed to cool at room temperature and annealed. It produces steel with closer dimensional tolerances and a wider range of surface finishes than hot rolling.
Material Reference
SPCC
Appearance
Smooth Gray
fabricated Cold Rolled Steel parts with complex geometries

Spring Steel

Spring steel sheet has a low-alloy manganese, medium-carbon steel or high-carbon steel with a very high yield strength. It is a flexible material commonly used to manufacture products, including landing gears, saw blades, springs and more.
Appearance
Gray Blue
Spring Steel sheets of metal for fabrication

Stainless Steel

Stainless steel sheet cut to size is strong and highly resistant to corrosion and rust, making it ideal for parts that are exposed to different elements for long periods and do not easily break.
Material Reference
SS304, SS301, SS316
Appearance
Silver
High quality stainless steel sheet metal prototypes

Steel

At HLH Rapid, we can fabricate numerous grades of steel. While working on a low budget, mild carbon steel proves to be the best.
Material Reference
Mild Steel 45, AlSl 1020 (20#steel), SECC (Electro-galvanized steel), 45 Steel, 1018, Q235, Q345, Galvanized Steel
Appearance
Silver
Sheet metal fabrication services for mild steel parts
Aluminium Copper Low Carbon Steel Cold Rolled Steel (CRS) Spring Steel Stainless Steel Steel

Typical Sheet Metal Finishes

Applicable Materials Colour Description
Bead Blasting All metals Uniform matte of raw material colour Bead blasting is used mainly for visual purposes and comes in several different grits which indicate the size of the bombarding pellets.
Powder Coating All metals Black, white Powder coating is typically used because it has a longer lasting, tougher finish than painting.
Anodizing All metals Clear, black, grey, red, blue, gold Anodising is used to increase surface hardness, wear resistance and durability of metals such as Aluminium.

Tolerances for Sheet Metal Fabrication

The table below summarises the standard tolerances used at HLH for sheet metal parts.

Feature Tolerance
Forming or bending ±0.508mm (0.020″)
Bend to edge ±0.254mm (0.010″)
Bend to hole ±0.381mm (0.015″)

Rapid Sheet Metal Prototyping

We understand the needs of engineers and industrial designers. With full in-house capabilities – bending, laser cutting, punching, welding, as well as CNC folding, drilling, tapping, countersinking, counterboring and other processes – we offer unrivalled turnaround on one-off metal prototypes.

Sheet metal prototypes and production parts

Bespoke Production Parts

We have the experience to produce both simple and complex sheet metal parts for the automotive, aerospace, electronics, medical and many more industries. With no Minimum Order Quantity (MOQ), we provide the flexibility and scalable capacity that your project requires.

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Why Use Sheet Metal

Sheet metal can be quickly cut into 2D profile shapes and formed out of a variety of high-strength materials, making it perfect for rapid tooling. Its per-unit pricing lowers significantly in production volumes. Combined with end-use materials and high throughput, sheet metal fabrication is a well-known production method.

Sheet Metal Fabrication is Used For
Rapid prototypes, low volume production, medical and communications products, housings and enclosures, everything from cars and space rockets and planes to air conditioners and soda cans.

Advantages of Sheet Metal Fabrication

  • Quick and inexpensive
  • Strength and durability
  • Efficiency
  • Sustainability
  • High Precision

Sheet Metal FAQs

Sheet metal is a common form of raw metal stock, usually 0.006 and 0.25 inches thick. Fabrication is a collection of processes used to shape raw metal stock into a usable product. Sheet metal fabrication includes many machining processes meant to assemble, cut, or form a sheet metal workpiece. After fabrication, a product often needs to undergo finishing processes before it’s suitable for commercial use.

There are 3 common stages in the sheet metal fabrication process, all of which can be completed with various types of fabrication tools. The stages are:

  1. material removal
  2. material deformation (forming)
  3. assembling

Sheet metal prototyping and production solutions are a cost efficient and productive way to make metal parts.

Typically, sheet metal fabrication services can cost anywhere from a hundred dollars up to ten thousands of dollars. The price depends on the raw material cost, part complexity, post processing work involved and cost of labor.

Many industries are heavily reliant on sheet metal fabrication solutions, including:

  • aerospace
  • automotive
  • construction
  • electronics
  • farming
  • transport

Any metal thinner than 6mm is considered sheet metal. Any metal thicker than 6mm is considered a metal plate.

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