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Quick Turn Sheet Metal

Fathom delivers high-quality parts to its customers by using quick turn sheet metal fabrication technology. Whether your project is time-sensitive, high-precision, highly complex or short production run related, Fathom will meet your requirements and deadlines.

What is Defined as “Quick Turn” in Sheet Metal Fabrication? / /

Quick turn sheet metal fabrication is the process of producing sheet metal parts within a short amount of time. Whether you need a part, replacement part, prototype, Fathom can match your specifications with a rapid turnaround. Our team of experts know how to reduce manufacturing time, eliminate the need for extensive custom tooling, and lower costs. Use our SmartQuote platform to submit a file and receive a quote in less than 24 hours, usually within 1 hour.

Processes Used in Quick Turn Sheet Metal Fabricating / /

Fiber Laser Cutting

Fiber laser cutting uses laser diodes transmitted through optical fibers to create desired cuts in the raw material. Laser cutting machines make their cuts within an enclosure using no mechanical components. The enclosure decreases the risk to the machine operator while also producing less noise. Fiber laser cutting uses a high-power output and high-intensity level, making it a very efficient manufacturing process.

Waterjet Cutting

Water jet cutting uses a high-pressure pump which forces water through a nozzle to make precise cuts. The cut is facilitated by the balance of volume and velocity. To create abrasive water cuts, an abrasive substance is mixed with water. Both the water and abrasive media can be recycled and reused, which helps to increase energy efficiency while reducing costs.

Microcut™ Micro Water Jet Cutting

Micro water jet cutting uses the manufacturing capabilities of water jet cutting to produce parts on a micro-level. MicroCut’s high-level of accuracy is what allows Fathom to produce tiny and complex parts.

Wire EDM

The wire EDM process submerges a metal piece into a dielectric bath where a charged thin metal wire uses electrical sparks to melt the material and make cuts. The spark’s voltage jumps the gap from the wire to the workpiece which causes the material to melt. The metal wire never contacts the workpiece. The dielectric fluid is used to control the sparks, cool and flush away excess material.

Stamping

A blanked or coiled piece of sheet metal is placed in a press where the stamping tool is pressed onto the material. The stamping tool or die contains the desired shape of the part. Stamping may involve punching, blanking, bending, drawing, embossing and more.

Forming

Sheet metal is loaded onto a flatbed where a laser cutter draws pre-programmed parts onto the material. To add additional materials to the part, a sheet metal punch may be used. The part is deburred and then moved to a press brake where it is shaped further.

Prototype Etching

Photochemical machining, chemical milling, or acid etching may all be used during prototype etching. Material is selectively removed by using baths of temperature-controlled etching chemicals. Chemical etching is ideal for prototyping because of its shorter lead time and inexpensive tooling.

Production Etching

Production etching may use photochemical machining or chemical milling to produce parts with high precision and intricacies. Production etching is perfect for transitioning prototypes into production because it is fast, cost-effective and offers great design flexibility.

Laser Cutting

During laser cutting, a high-powered laser beam is used to cut the workpiece. A gas, liquid, or solid-state laser cutting technique may be used. CO2 lasers use a gas state laser using a mixture of carbon dioxide to make cuts. Solid state lasers use laser diodes transmitted through optical fibers to create cuts.

CNC Punching

CNC punching machines move raw material in a 2-axis direction, positioning it beneath a punching ram. While under the punching ram, a hole or form is punched into the sheet metal. CNC punch press machines can have one head and tool rail design or a multi-turret design

Welding

Fathom’s welding team uses heat and pressure to fuse two or more parts together. Welding services include arc welding, metal inert gas (MIG), tungsten inert gas (TIG), resistance spot welding, laser welding and oxyfuel welding and cutting.

Hardware Installation

As part of Fathom’s complete sheet metal fabrication program, we offer hardware installation services. Whether a project calls for a low or high volume of parts, Fathom can ensure great quality and efficiency.

Sanding/Grinding

Fathom offers sanding and grinding services. Grinding adds any desired cosmetic surface and can also remove weld. Sanding deburrs and removes scratches from parts after they have been punched or laser cut.

Liquid Painting

Liquid painting is a finishing process suitable for projects where powder coating cannot be used. Liquid painting can result in a professional finish, corrosion resistance, custom colors and more.

Powder Coating

The sheet metal part is covered with an even coating of powder and then cured. After the part has cured, it has a professional finish that can be matte, smooth, textured and more. Fathom has a variety of different powder coating finishes to choose from.

Screen Printing

Sheet metal parts can be screen printed in a variety of different finishes and colors. Fathom can also add a design of your choice to your custom part.

Assembly & Kitting

Assembly and kitting can be performed in-house by the Fathom team. Services include hardware installation, manual or automated processes and more. Fathom will ensure your finished part meets your exact specifications.

Quick Turn Sheet Metal Services Offered by Fathom / /

Let Fathom work with you on your quick turn sheet metal project. Waterjet cutting, laser cutting, photochemical machining, and Microcut™ are just a few of the services offered by Fathom. Fathom’s comprehensive manufacturing program also includes post-processing services such as welding, deburring, bead-blasting and more. Quick turn sheet metal manufacturing is just one of 28 manufacturing services offered by Fathom.

Additive Manufacturing

  • FDM
  • SLS
  • SLA
  • Polyjet
  • MJF
  • DMLS
  • DLS
  • STEP (Evolve)

CNC Machining

  • CNC (3 & 5 Axis)
  • CNC Lathe
  • Precision Grinding
  • Wire & Sinker EDM

Injection Molding

  • Injection Molding
  • Tooling
  • Compression Molding

Metal Cutting and Forming

  • Thermoforming
  • Sheet Metal Punching
  • Sheet Metal Cutting
  • Metal Forming
  • Laser Cutting
  • Water Jet Cutting
  • Chemical Etching
  • Welding
  • Micro Cutting

Standalone

  • Die Casting
  • Urethane Casting
  • Composite Layups
  • Extrusion
  • Post Processing & Finishing
    • Pad Printing
    • Powder Coating
    • Bead Blasting
    • Surface Grinding
    • Polishing
    • Anodize
    • Powder Coat Passivate
    • Chemfilm
    • Vacuum Metallization
    • Silkscreen
    • Plating
    • Tumbled

Quick Turn Sheet Metal Quote Times / /

Standard lead times are below, but 24hr expedite options are available.

Parts Delivery time
1-50 flat part pieces 2 days
50-1,000 flat part pieces 5-7 days
1-500 formed parts 6-8 days
1-5 drawn part pieces 10-15 days
4 slide tooled parts 4-6 weeks

Quick Turn Sheet Metal Machines Used by Fathom / /

Fathom’s manufacturing facilities include over 530 machines, including mills, lathes, presses, press brakes, turret punches and additive systems. Fathom’s has equipment dedicated to quick turn sheet metal fabrication, including lasers, waterjet machines, finishing tools, autodeburring, 4 slide machines, multi-slide machines, press brakes, 300-ton presses, 22-ton presses, wire EDM machines, seely slide forming tools and 35-ton blanking presses.

Fathom offers not just quick turn sheet metal fabrication, but also hybridized services leveraging sheet metal manufacturing. Do you have a project that requires quick turn sheet metal fabrication? Fathom can help. Fathom delivered 20,000 parts in 27 days using 55+ tools, including metal prototype fabrication services:

Case Study //

Real Customers. Real Results.

A customer came to Fathom with a complex project that spanned the technologies and processes of rapid production—and needed it done fast. Fathom delivered.

20,000 Parts // Within 27 Days
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3,000+ 3D Printed Parts
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2,000+ Metal Fabricated Parts
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Hybridized Services Used //

3D Printing / Additive Manufacturing—PolyJet, SLS, MJF.

DFM Analysis + CAD Mods.

CNC Machining. Laser Cutting.

Stamping. Die Cutting. Post-Opp Drilling.

24-hour Turnaround Urethane Casting.

Injection + Compression Molding.

Model Finishing. Insert Assembly.

Advanced Project Management.

Fathom’s Locations for Quick Turn Sheet Metal Services / /

Fathom provides nationwide coverage to the entire United States, including 3 US-based locations offering quick turn sheet metal services. Fathom’s advanced prototyping and manufacturing services include chemical etching, metal 3D printing, CNC machining, injection molding and more. We have provided over 200,000 quotes to leading US companies and are ready to provide you with a quote today.

Locations include:

COLORADO
7770 Washington Street
Denver, CO 80229
ISO 9001:2015
ITAR

NEW YORK
1920 Slaterville Road
Ithaca, NY 14850
ITAR

401 W. Shore Boulevard
Newark, NY 14513
ISO 9001:2015
AS910:2016
ITAR

Quick Turn Sheet Metal Materials / /

Aluminum Alloys

Alloy Temper Ductility Strength Corrosion Resistance Heat Treatable Comments
6061 T6 Low Mid Good No Minimum bend radii of 3x raw material thickness.
6061 T0 High Low Good Yes Higher-cost heat treating due to warping and need for secondary straightening.
5052 H32 High Mid Good No Most commonly used aluminum alloy and temper.
5052 H34 Mid High Good No Small radii bends in line with grain may fracture.
3003 H14 High Low Good No Good for deep drawn parts.

Stainless Steel

Alloy Temper Ductility Strength Corrosion Resistance Heat Treatable Comments
301
302
304
*Range **High High Excellent No Small radii bends in line with grain may fracture in full hard temper. Full hard temper is cost effective for springs as there is no need for heat treating or plating.
316
316L
Annealed High High Excellent No Used heavily in the medical industry.
410 Annealed High Mid Mid Yes Excellent for springs. Stays stable in heat treating and has a bright finish.
17-4 PH Annealed Low Excellent Mid Yes Small radii bends in line with grain may fracture.
17-7 PH
Cond. A
Annealed Mid High Mid Yes Excellent for springs intended for repeated cycles. Remains stable during heat treating.
17-7 PH
Cond. C
Mill Hardened Low High Mid Yes Small radii bends in line with grain may fracture. Highest hardness and strength achievable in alloy 17-7 PH.

*Annealed, 1/2, 1/4, 3/4, and full hard possible
**Ductility decreases in harder tempers and mill hardened materials

Low Carbon and Spring Steel

Alloy Temper Ductility Strength Corrosion Resistance Heat Treatable Comments
1008
1010
Soft, 1/2, 1/4 Full Hard High Mid *Poor **Yes When rolled at or near room temperature, excellent ductility and strength is produced and is more uniform than hot rolled steel.
1008
1010
Annealed High Mid *Poor **Yes Rolled at a temperature greater than the recrystallization point, which produces surface scale. Good ductility, but weaker and less uniform than cold rolled steel.
HSLA Annealed Mid High *Poor **Yes Requires 25-30% more power to form than cold rolled steel or hot rolled steel.
1050
1074
1075
1095
Annealed Excellent ***High *Poor Yes 1095 has the highest carbon content of the materials listed. Higher carbon content yields higher strength with less ductility after heat treating.
1095 Blue Tempered Low High Mid No Good for flat springs or leaf springs with large radii.

*Poor without plating or surface treatment
** Limited to carburizing
*** High strength after heat treatment

Copper Alloys

Alloy Temper Ductility Strength Corrosion Resistance Heat Treatable Comments
C10 Cooper Wide Range High Mid Good No Highly conductive. High cost.
C172 Beryllium Copper Wide Range Excellent Excellent Fair Yes Excellent for electrical spring contacts. Highly conductive, excellent electroplating adhesion coefficient and remains very stable during heat treating. Moderate cost.
C260 Brass Wide Range *Ranges High Good No Small radii bends in line with grain may fracture in full hard and spring tempers.
C510 Phosphor Bronze Wide Range *Ranges High Fair No Small radii bends in line with grain may fracture in full hard and spring tempers.

*Ranges according to temper

Precision Forming: Prototype to Low-Volume / /

Fathom has developed a technique which transforms an ordinary press brake into a manual progressive die. Our experts can easily meet intricate and complex design specifications by combining this dynamic technique with our custom tooling made in-house by our toolmakers.

Large Format Parts and Prototypes / /

Fathom can manufacture small, complex and larger parts completely in-house. Our manufacturing facilities in Ithaca, New York include a 300 Ton Press with a 36” x 72” bed. The 300 Ton Press is used for small volume projects that call for deep-drawn custom parts or large die sets with embosses and gussets.

Large Format Parts and Prototypes

Mid to High Volume Production / /

Fathom’s services include mid to high volume solutions that take advantage of lower tooling and setup costs when compared to progressive die manufacturing, including custom features like gussets and embosses. All tooling is designed and built in-house, making Fathom a comprehensive manufacturing supplier.

Semi Automated Manufacturing

For mid-to-high volume projects, we offer various cost-effective and semi-automated tooling solutions at 15-30% of the cost of fully automated production tooling.

  • Photo Chemical Machined Flat Blanks – Small, thin parts with complex flat geometry are produced with no burrs and are ready for forming.
  • Put-and-Take Tooling – Semi-complex dies, actuated manually or by machine, form complex features and/or multiple bending operations in one step.
  • Die Blanking – Flat parts and some parts with formed features may be manufactured complete in full automation or made ready for secondary, semi-automated bending and forming processes.

Four-Slide and Multi-Slide

Four-slide and multi-slide manufacturing is used to produce small and intricate springs, brackets, electrical terminals, clips and battery contacts in high volume quantities. Fathom uses tooling designed and built in-house by our team.

Specialty Stamping

Our in-house tool makers can design and create complex tooling solutions that meet the requirements of challenging stamped parts. Fathom’s hands-on operators also have engineering skills that allow them to come up with creative manufacturing solutions as needed and keep the production process moving.

Post-Processing and Finishing / /

The final step of any manufacturing process is post-processing and finishing. Once a part comes off a machine, it will require smoothing and painting. Post-processing improves a part’s quality and ensures it meets all design specifications.

Welding Processes

Our welding team can complete fuses together two or more parts using heat, pressure or both.

Fathom’s Welding Processes:

  • Arc Welding
  • Metal Inert Gas (MIG)
  • Tungsten Inert Gas (TIG)
  • Resistance Spot Welding
  • Oxyfuel Welding and Cutting

Welding Processes

Outside Processing

Fathom maintains strategic partnerships that benefit our customers, including key suppliers of heat treating, plating, and powder coating. Our partners were chosen because they can meet our high quality and speed requirements. As part of the Fathom Manufacturing Platform, Fathom has access to a robust nationwide network of comprehensive additive and advanced manufacturing capabilities. Fathom Manufacturing’s extensive certifications include ISO 9001:2015, ISO 9001:2015 Design, ISO 13485:2016, AS9100:2016, NIST 800-171 and ITAR.

Outside Processing

Post Machining

Occasionally post CNC machining is required to finish a part. Fathom’s CNC machining centers provide post-mill features on sheet metal components, allowing us to successfully manufacture parts while meeting tight deadlines.

In-House Custom Tooling

Fathom’s team of engineers and master tool makers can develop creative tooling solutions for your quick turn sheet metal parts. We specialize in complex bending and precision and look forward to solving your most challenging design features.

Deburring and Finishing

Fathom understands that attention to detail is critical to manufacturing. We can uniformly remove laser-dross, mechanical burrs or sharps and other surface imperfections with our in-house deburring and finishing operations. Our processes range from hand sanding to automated deburring, tumbling and finishing equipment.

Deburring and Finishing

Prototype Design Tips / /

As part of our comprehensive manufacturing services, our team can support you through every step of the development process. There is rarely one manufacturing process that can meet all the requirements of a design, which is why we offer Design for Manufacturing (DFM) support. Our experts can help you identify alternative design features or processes that will make the manufacturing process faster with minimal loss of material. Feel free to reach out to our manufacturing engineers at any stage of your design process for guidance. Here are some common design requirements to keep in mind:

  • Try to avoid exceeding the material maximum thickness and over-designing corners and edges. Features close to bends require a minimum 2-3x material thickness. Punching and stamping of material requires a bend relief of 1-1.5x material thickness. Stamped parts have a die break.
  • Tolerances and post operations such as milling and drilling add to the project cost.
  • Radii are often more economical than corner style. Use of standardized tooling inside radii of 0.01”, 0.03” and 0.06” can reduce project cost. Most parts can be formed with 0.010” bend radii, but it adds stress to the material.
  • Embossing adds strength and clearance, but it can add stress or warping to the material.
  • Partial shear is good for locating features, but it can cause material to be displaced from surface to surface.
  • Coining adds definition and clearance, but it causes material to be displaced from one surface.
  • Edge conditions will differ from process to process. Laser cut parts have a heat affected zone. Our laser machines can use specific assist gas to produce unique edge qualities.
  • Laser beam widths vary from 0.010”-0.025”. Our waterjet cutter width is 0.030” and greater.

What Are the Advantages of Sheet Metal Prototyping? / /

There are many advantages to using quick turn sheet metal services for prototyping, including:

  • Precision
  • Wide range of materials
  • Flexible solutions
  • Durability
  • Budget-friendly
  • Rapid turnaround
  • Scalability
  • Variety of finishing options and thickness

Sheet Metal Prototyping Applications / /

A wide range of industries use quick turn sheet metal manufacturing to make prototypes, parts, and more. Quick turn sheet metal manufacturing can be used for:

  • Prototyping
  • Low volume production
  • Medical products
  • Office equipment
  • Communications products
  • Housing
  • Chassis
  • Enclosures
  • Brackets
  • Appliances
  • And more…

Quick Turn Sheet Metal FAQs / /

Q: Does Fathom offer metal prototype fabrication?

A: Yes, Fathom offers metal prototype fabrication.

Q: What is metal prototype fabrication?

A: Metal prototype manufacturing is creating a sample or “rough draft” part that can be used to test the form and function before mass production.

Q: Is Fathom ISO certified?

A: Fathom’s certifications include ISO 9001:2015, ISO 9001:2015 Design, and ISO 13485:2016. For site-specific certifications, please visit https://fathommfg.com/fathom-manufacturing-certifications.

Q: Is Fathom ITAR certified?

A: Yes, Fathom is ITAR certified. For site-specific certifications, please visit https://fathommfg.com/fathom-manufacturing-certifications.

Q: Is Fathom AS9100:2016 certified?

A: Yes, Fathom is AS9100:2016. For site-specific certifications, please visit https://fathommfg.com/fathom-manufacturing-certifications.

Q: Is Fathom NIST 800-171 certified?

A: Yes, Fathom’s certifications include NIST 800-171. For site-specific certifications, please visit https://fathommfg.com/fathom-manufacturing-certifications.

Q: What is quick turn production?

A: Quick turn production is the process of producing sheet metal parts within a short amount of time.

Q: What is the most widely used quick turn sheet metal fabrication technology?

A: There is not one quick turn sheet metal manufacturing process used more than the other. This is because more than one manufacturing process is required to produce one design.

Q: Why is quick turn sheet metal fabrication important?

A: Quick turn sheet metal fabrication is important because it allows customers to receive their finished

How to Get Metal Prototype Fabrication Quotes / /

Do you need a quick turn sheet metal quote? Do you need to calculate costs for your next project? Use Fathom’s SmartQuote application for a rapid quote.

Manufacturing Locations Across National Time Zones
Manufacturing Locations Across National Time Zones
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HEADQUARTERS

1050 Walnut Ridge Drive
Hartland, WI 53029
ISO 9001:2015
AS9100:2016
ITAR

ARIZONA

444 W. 21st St. Ste. 101
Tempe, AZ 85282
ISO 9001:2015
NIST800-171 Compliant
ITAR

COLORADO

7770 Washington St.
Denver, CO 80229
ISO 9001:2015
ITAR

MINNESOTA

13758 Johnson Street NE
Ham Lake, MN 55304

TEXAS

1801 Rowe Lane
Pflugerville, TX 78660
ISO 9001:2015
AS9100:2016

1513 Sam Bass Rd
Round Rock, TX 78681
ISO 9001:2015
ISO 13485:2016

CALIFORNIA

620 3rd Street
Oakland, CA 94607
ISO 9001:2015 Design Certified
NIST 800-171 Compliant
ITAR

FLORIDA

14000 N.W. 58th Court
Miami Lakes, FL 33014

NEW YORK

1920 Slaterville Rd
Ithaca, NY 14850
ITAR

401 W. Shore Blvd.
Newark, NY 14513
AS9100:2016
ISO 9001:2015
ITAR

ILLINOIS

1207 Adams Drive
McHenry, IL 60051
ISO 9001:2015

1401 Brummel Ave
Elk Grove, IL 60007
ISO 9001:2015 Design Certified

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