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From 1 to 10,000+ parts
Wide range of processes available
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Sheet Metal Work - Laser Cutting

Laser Cutting

Highly accurate, capable of cutting dissimilar thicknesses at the same time, low heat-affected zone, and able to cut hole diameters under half a material thickness.
Sheet Metal Work - Plasma Cutting

Plasma Cutting

CNC plasma cutting is a widely used sheet metal technology, it is especially suitable for cutting thicker sheet metals.
Sheet Metal Work - Bending

Sheet Metal Bending

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

Waterjet cutting

Waterjet cutting is quite different with other cutting methods for its non-thermal feature. It is especially useful for cutting very thick metals, including steel.
Sheet Metal Rivets

Riveting

Riveting is a forging process that is used to join parts together by way of a metal part called a rivet. It allows A rivet is an easy, economical and permanent way to bind two or more sheet metal parts together.
Sheet Metal Enclosure

Enclosures

Sheet metal enclosures offer many benefits, including electrical conductivity, emission reductions, and resistance to harsh industrial environments.

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Sheet Metal Prototyping and Production Services

Sheet metal fabrication includes parts that are found almost everywhere and HLH can help you quickly and accurately make your enclosures, brackets, assemblies, weldments, cabinets, housings and other sheet metal parts and prototypes.

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.

Sheet Metal Materials

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.
Low Carbon Steel

Cold Rolled Steel (CRS)

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
Cold Rolled Steel

Aluminium

Aluminum is strong, light, cost-efficient and has great machinability, making it a popular choice in the aerospace and aviation, automotive, and consumer electronics industry.
Material Reference
AL5052, AL6061, 5052-H32
Appearance
Silvery White
Aluminium

Spring Steel

Spring steel has a low-alloy manganese, medium-carbon steel or high-carbon steel with a very high yield strength. It is commonly used to manufacture products, including swords, saw blades, springs and many more.
Appearance
Gray Blue
Spring Steel

Copper

Copper is a 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
Copper

Stainless Steel

Stainless steel 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
Stainless Steel

Steel

Material Reference
Mild Steel 45, AlSl 1020 (20#steel), SECC (Electro-galvanized steel), 45 Steel, 1018, Q235, Q345, Galvanized Steel
Appearance
Silver
Steel
Low Carbon Steel Cold Rolled Steel (CRS) Aluminium Spring Steel Copper 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.

How It Works

Sheet metal encompasses a wide range of processes to manipulate and shape sheets of metal into the required geometry. HLH use bending, laser cutting, punching, welding as well as CNC folding, drilling, tapping, countersinking, counterboring and other processes to manufacture your sheet metal parts and prototypes.

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Why Use Sheet Metal

Benefits of Sheet Metal Fabrication
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
Prototypes and 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 Work 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. 1. Material Removal 2. Material Deformation (forming) 3. Assembling

Many industries are heavily reliant on sheet metal fabrication, such as the aerospace, automotive, electronics and farming industries.

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