Sheet Metal Fabrication: Processes and Applications with HLH Proto LTD

Sheet metal prototyping is essential in many manufacturing processes for producing end-use parts across various industries. As your sheet metal fabricator, HLH Proto eliminates the complexities of this process to save you time and money regardless of the application. We provide a one-stop, cost-effective sheet metal prototyping solution that adheres to international standards such as ISO 9001, IATF 16949, and ISO 14001. Whether you need just one or up to 100,000 enclosures, weldments, brackets, cabinets, assemblies, housings, or other production-grade prototypes, we can meet your project’s requirements.

Continue reading to learn more about how we handle sheet metal prototyping and the various applications of our services.

About sheet metal fabrication

Prototyping with sheet metal can involve one or more processes to shape and manipulate the material into the required geometry. At HLH Proto, we use laser cutting, bending, welding, punching, and other processes to make sheet metal prototypes and end-use parts. Here is a quick overview of our processes:

  • Laser cutting: This highly accurate process can cut metal sheets of dissimilar thicknesses in one go. Plus, it can cut hole diameters less than half the material thickness.
  • Sheet metal stamping: Also known as metal forming, this process involves welding to join two metals.
  • Bending: Sheet metal bending shapes aluminum, stainless steel, or steel parts after they are cut.
  • Staking: This fabrication process connects two components by forming an interference fit between them. One of the workpieces has a hole, and another has a boss to fit.

Uses of sheet metal prototypes

Sheet metal prototyping allows us to deliver parts and functional prototypes for communications and medical products. In addition, we have extensive experience in customizing sheet metal for enclosures and housings. Durability is one of the top qualities of sheet metal, and that makes it ideal for those applications. At HLH Proto, we offer a vast selection of materials to scale our solutions and ensure rapid turnarounds. Moreover, we provide custom finishes to improve the aesthetic qualities of sheet metal prototypes, especially when they are used as enclosures, brackets, or chassis.

Feel free to request a quote to learn more about our sheet metal prototyping service. Our experts are ready to work with you to satisfy your unique project requirements.


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