Innovative Solutions for Sheet Metal Parts: HLH’s Rapid Manufacturing Techniques

Sheet metal is an extremely versatile material suitable for creating functional prototypes, end-use parts, and enclosures for various projects. At HLH Proto, we use the most reliable and advanced manufacturing techniques to shape and manipulate these materials into the desired forms. We have a strong history of delivering high-quality custom components using methods such as sheet metal bending, punching, welding, and laser cutting.

In this blog, we will explore each of these solutions and discuss how they can benefit your project.

Laser cutting

Laser cutting is currently the most accurate and fastest way to cut sheet metal. It can cut metal of dissimilar thicknesses simultaneously. Other advantages include a low heat-affected zone, which results in cleaner cuts, and the capability to cut holes with diameters less than half the thickness of the material.

Sheet metal stamping

This fabrication method allows us to transform flat sheets of metal into specific shapes. At HLH Proto, we can create complex geometries with welding, which allows us to join two metal pieces and form one component.


Sheet metal bending is one of the most common manufacturing techniques to shape aluminum, stainless steel, and steel parts after laser cutting. We clamp the cut metal sheet between a die mold and upper tool and use machines like automated panel benders, a robotic bending cell, or a manual press brake to bend it. The right choice will depend on your design’s complexity and size.


Sheet metal staking means creating an interference fit between two components to connect them. One of the workpieces has a boss to fit within the other component’s hole.

How our solutions can help your project

At HLH Proto, we offer sheet metal bending and other manufacturing technologies to support your prototyping and low-volume end-use production. Our company has helped many businesses and product designers innovate by creating advanced communications and medical products, enclosures, and housings. We offer all the services you need under one roof, including custom finishes. Our vast material selection enables us to scale projects and reduce turnaround times.

Which sheet metal manufacturing technique is for you?

Contact us here at HLH Proto for a quote to find out whether sheet metal bending or other solutions fit your project. We can also offer tailored advice to help you make informed choices.


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