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Sheet Metal Fabrication

Custom Sheet Metal Fabrication Services

Firstmold provides custom sheet metal fabrication for a wide array of material options to make cost-effective parts from 3D CAD files and engineering drawings. At Firstmold, our sheet metal solutions are quick and affordable. We offer competitive sheet metal prices that favour low and high-volume production. By working with CNC machining solutions, we are able to deliver customized sheet metal parts and geometries for making both prototypes and finished designs. We can fabricate enclosures, brackets, fittings, mounting plates and more from steel, copper, aluminum and stainless steel. Our in-house machine capacity means that we can make high batches of your part and deliver within 1-5 days. We can also achieve tolerances as tight as 0.005 inches, while our post-processing solutions can help with assembly services like inserts, welding and finishing options. Firstmold sheet metal solutions are trusted across a range of industry especially automotive, aerospace, consumer electronics, hardware and industrial processing, and our sheet metal solutions deliver durable, end-use metal parts that can be customized to meet the strength, weight and physical requirement of any application.

Our Advantages and Benefits for your Manufacturing

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Low MOQs

At Firstmold, we work with every client irrespective of their volume needs. Our quality sheet metal solutions are open to everyone. We have zero minimum order quantities to meet the budget or production requirements of all our clients.

Complex geometry capabilities

With our design for manufacturing guidelines and 3D CAD/CNC capabilities to buttress our sheet metal solutions, we are fully capable of making dies with intricate designs to process your sheet metals into the complex end-use parts.

Need Speed No Problem

Got tight deadlines? Looking to beat the competition? We stock the most common sheet metals and are always ready to go. Our in-house capacity of sheet metal equipment, die manufacturing machines, presses and CNC punches will accelerate your product development and deliver your parts in 1-5 days.

An assurance of quality

We understand the impact of putting your brand on a part. That’s why we opt for the stringiest quality control standards on every project. We constantly evaluate your parts for precision, repeatability and conformance. We  provide full dimensional inspection reports on demand.

Enhanced products through proven experience

Leverage the years of experience and competence within our team to make better parts with improved outcomes that exceed expectations. We have a high level of quality control integrated into our materials ad processes. This is why we achieve up to 99 percent accuracy on our first run of parts.

Engineering Support

Our design for manufacturing, design-for-assembly and other 24/7 customer support solutions will help you analyze and improve your parts on a case-by-case basis. Our design and engineering support will help you detect potential fails, improve design, functionality and cost-efficiency before proceeding to final production.

Capacity and Precision

Firstmold can handle sheet metal materials that come in large sizes and dimensions. We also have an impressive fabrication capacity, delivering up to 400 tons of force. All our sheet metal processes are very accurate and highly precise, delivering parts made to specifications, tolerances and high positional accuracy.

A variety of finishing options
Choose from a variety of finishing to augment the cosmetic appearance and functionality of your parts.

See What Our Customers Said

“When we first requested CNC machining, we tried to contact First Part.They responded within hours with prices, delivery times and suggestions for our requirements. I am really satisfied with their professional service and high quality control. I would recommend them to my friends Without hesitation.”

──Brown Abraham

“We have been cooperated with First Part in CNC machining for 6 years. From design to finished product delivery, First Part provides excellent CNC machining professional services and high quality products. Normally, within 12 hours or shorter which helps a lot. We feel they are one of the best CNC machine shop in China.”
── Colin Martinez
“First Part is our the most satisfactory CNC machine shop. They are high efficiency and high quality control. Since 2016, we have cooperated with them on many projects, they also provided professional CNC machining suggestions to help us complete the projects. That’s why they’re such a great CNC machine shop.”

── Jackon Brown

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Rapid Prototyping and Custom Fabrication for Sheet Metal Stamping, Bending and Laser Cutting

Firstmold employs sheet metal fabrication services such as laser cutting, sheet metal bending and metal stamping for numerous rapid prototyping and custom production. We can process sheet metals that span 10” x 20” x 0.025”, and can process even thicker, thinner or larger sizes on request. Our CNC machines that have been integrated with our sheet processing facility expands our capabilities in fabricating dies that are highly accurate with intricate designs and complex geometries. We can achieve tolerances of 0.005” on edge-to-edge, edge-to-hole and hole-to-hole features in your design. Our laser cutting solutions are also 99% precise, delivering parts with high conformance and positional accuracy. At Firstmold, we understand the essence of speed for reaching new markets and beating competition. This is why we ensure that we run at 100% capacity at all times to meet our standard leadtime of 3 days.

Materials

We stock the most common sheet metals for a wide variety of uses and applications across industries. Firstmold largely works with the following materials for sheet metal fabrication:

· Aluminum 6061

· Aluminum 5052

· Copper 101

· Bronze

· Steel

· Stainless Steel 301

· Stainless Steel 304

· Stainless Steel 316/316L

· Learn more about our sheet metal materials.

Finishes

We have the capability to finish your sheet metal parts in a way that makes them functional and aesthetically appealing. We also have finishing services that brand, beautify and deliver improved protection to the surface of your parts. Explore our finishing solutions for sheet metal parts below:

Basic Finishes

The standard finish is the default finish for any part. Here, minimal processing is done on your sheet metal parts.

Bead Blasting

Bead blasting delivers a satin surface finish or uniform matte finish on parts, removing all tool marks. Bead blasting can also impart textures on your part, and prepare the surface for further finish.

Painting

Painting is one of the most versatile means of creating cosmetic appeal and surface appearance. At Firstmold, we can achieve matte finishes, satin finishes, high-gloss and textured finishes on the surface of your part using only the finest PPG automotive-grade polyurethanes.

Laser engraving

Laser engraving can add details, logos, and texts to sheet metals that will endure the rigors of its everyday use. It is particularly suitable for marking part numbers on extruded parts.

Anodizing

Anodizing is used to increase corrosion-resistance, scratch-resistance and durability in mechanical parts. It is versatile and can be applied directly to a part, or used after bead blasting, brushing or bright dipping to achieve matte or glossy finishes as required. Firstmold offers Chemical film, type I, type II and type III anodizing sheet metal parts. Anodizing is also an ideal surface treatment for painting and priming.

Silk-screen printing

Firstmold can create logos, text, symbols and more on sheet metal parts with silk-screening. Silk screening is simple and affordable.

Powder coating

Powder coating delivers strong fatigue and wear resistance, and is compatible with virtually every metal material. It can be used as an alternative to anodizing finishes.

Metal Plating

Firstmold offers silver and gold plating to improve durability, weldability, corrosion resistance and tarnish resistance of all your sheet metal fabrications.

Learn more about our other finishing capabilities

Industries

Firstmold serves a broad range of clients across a range of industries. Our manufacturing solutions are widely employed in the medical, consumer products, automotive, aerospace, Robotics & Automation and defense industries. We have over 20 years of experience in prototype development, product development and mass production during which we have evolved along with the industry-best practices, equipment and capabilities. Our pool of seasoned engineers are adept at optimizing design and executing production with high precision. We provide a superior advantage garnered through our understanding of the different context and nuances for product development across every industry.

Automotive
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Aerospace and Defense
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Medical
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Make custom precision parts with reduced weight and exquisite design from plastic and metal components.

Optimize efficiency, reduce weight and mitigate flight risks with our custom manufacturing materials for the aerospace industry.

Surgical-grade parts, wearables and bio-compatible components that meet FDA requirements to deliver life-saving solutions.

Electronics
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Consumer Products
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Robotics & Automation
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Achieve tight tolerances and complex geometries in consumer electronic products to cater to the various style and class of your end-users.

Create exquisite design that is affordable and scalable to cater to the ever-changing consumer product trends.

Eliminate downtimes and boost efficiency with on-demand components that keep production running while integrating with existing lines and complimentary technology.

Additional Resources & FAQs

1.What is sheet metal fabrication?

Sheet metal fabrication involves the series of techniques used to process sheet metal materials (metal sheets with less than 0.25” thickness) into a number of simple or complex material shapes that can serve prototype or direct end-use purposes.

2.How does sheet metal Work?

The injection molding process requires a molding machine, a chosen set of plastic materials (resins), and the mold tool. During injection molding, the plastic material is heated till it becomes molten. The molten plastic is then injected into the mold tool under high pressure, where it is held to fill the mold cavity. It is then left to cool before ejecting the solidified part.

3.Why should I use sheet metal fabrication?

There are numerous benefits of sheet metal fabrication, however, the low cost-per-part produced, relatively easier fabrication, complex geometry and speed are some of the many reasons to choose sheet metal parts.

4.How quickly can you produce parts using sheet metal fabrication?

We can prototype rapid sheet metal parts in as fast as 3 days. We can also manufacture end-use parts within 7 days depending on the volumes and geometric complexities.