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Property Name   Sheet Metal Fabrication
ShapesFlat, Thin-walled: Cylindrical, Thin-walled: Cubic
(Thin-walled: Complex)
Part sizeArea: Up to 80 ft²
Weight: 0.5 oz - 100 lb
MaterialsMetals, Alloy Steel, Carbon Steel, Stainless Steel, Aluminum, Copper
(Lead, Magnesium, Nickel, Tin, Titanium, Zinc)
Surface finish - Ra (μin)32 - 125
(16 - 250)
Tolerance (in.)± 0.01
(± 0.002)
Max wall thickness0.08 - 0.5
(0.001 - 1.0)
Quantity1000 - 100000
(1 - 1000000)
Lead timeWeeks
AdvantagesCan form complex shapes, Many material options, High production rate, Low labor cost, Short lead time possible 
DisadvantagesLimited to constant part thickness, Part may require several operations and machines, Large amount of scrap 
ApplicationsBrackets, panels, cans, utensils 
Typical values shown first (Feasible values in parentheses)

Disclaimer: All process specifications reflect the approximate range of a process's capabilities and should be viewed only as a guide. Actual capabilities are dependent upon the manufacturer, equipment, material, and part requirements.