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Fathom uses the latest in sheet metal bending technology to produce high quality parts for its customers. Whether your project is time-sensitive, high-precision, highly complex or short production run related, Fathom will meet your requirements and deadlines.

What is Sheet Metal Bending? / /

Bending is used to transform a flat piece of sheet metal into the desired form needed for production. Force is applied to change the shape of the sheet metal using a press brake machine. Bending techniques may include u-bending, roll bending, air bending, rotary bending and more. Bending is incorporated into the manufacturing process for a variety of applications including automotive, aerospace and industrial parts.

Details Considered for Quoting a Sheet Metal Bending Job / /

Material Thickness

For each project, sheet metal with the appropriate thickness should be used. By selecting sheet metal with the right thickness, the part’s efficiency, durability, and weatherability will be maximized. Parts that must be rigid will require thicker material. Components that require flexibility will need thinner sheet metal. Heat treating and temper can also influence flexibility and spring like characteristics of parts.


The cost of a sheet metal project is influenced by the volume of parts ordered. Set up cost can be amortized throughout the overall quantity ordered… this is an inverse relationship… the more parts that are ordered the less set up charges affect piece price. Costs can also be minimized by stacking parts during cutting to save time and labor. Quotes are often based on how long the job takes on the cutting machine.

Turnaround Time

Manufacturing sheet metal is a cost-efficient process. Lead time can be minimized by selecting an automated manufacturing process. Fathom offers an all-in-one approach to manufacturing and can handle everything from production to finishing and assembly, saving you time and money.

Materials Considered for Sheet Metal Bending Quotes / /

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
*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.
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
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.
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.
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

Sheet Metal Quote Times / /

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

Parts Delivery time
1-500 formed parts 6-8 days

Sheet Metal Services Quotable by Fathom / /

Let Fathom handle your next project that requires sheet metal bending. In addition to bending, our services include laser cutting, photo photochemical machining, Microcut™ and more. We can also take care of post-processing requirements like welding, bead blasting and deburring. Sheet metal bending 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


  • 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

Quotable Sheet Metal Bending Post Processing & Finishing / /


Fathom’s welding team uses a combination of 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 and oxyfuel welding and cutting.

Hardware Installation

Fathom offers hardware installation services as part of its complete sheet metal fabricating program. We can ensure efficiency and great quality for both low and high-volume production runs.


Sanding and grinding services are both offered by Fathom. Grinding removes weld or adds any desired cosmetic surface. Sanding can remove scratches or burrs from parts after laser cutting or punching.

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

During powder coating, a sheet metal part is coated in a powder which is then cured. The resulting professional finish may be matte, smooth, textured and more. Fathom offers a variety of different powder coating finishes.

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

Our team can perform assembly and kitting in-house. Services include installing hardware, manual or automated process, and more. Fathom will ensure your finished part is to your exact specifications.

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.

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.

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. In addition, Fathom has equipment dedicated to 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 is not limited to just sheet metal bending and fabrication, but also offers hybridized services that leverage sheet metal technology. Does your project call for sheet metal bending as part of a more complex design? Fathom can deliver.
A recent case study is listed below where 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
55+ Tools to Injection Mold 15,000 Parts First Article in 2 Weeks

55+ Tools to Injection
Mold 15,000 Parts

First Article in 2 Weeks

3,000+ 3D Printed Parts

3,000+ 3D
Printed Parts

2,000+ Metal Fabricated Parts

2,000+ Metal
Fabricated Parts

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 Sheet Metal Services / /

Fathom has nationwide coverage with 3 US-based locations offering sheet metal services. Fathom’s prototyping and manufacturing technologies include chemical etching, metal 3D printing, CNC machining 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:

7770 Washington Street
Denver, CO 80229
ISO 9001:2015

1920 Slaterville Road
Ithaca, NY 14850

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

Sheet metal bending quotes FAQs / /

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 the sheet metal bending process?

A: To transform sheet metal into its desired form, different processes may be used including v-bending, roll bending, u-bending or wipe bending.

Q: How do you calculate sheet metal bending?

A: To calculate bend allowance, use the formula Bend Allowance = Angle * (π/180) * (Radius + K-factor*Thickness).

Q: How do you roll or bend sheet metal?

A: To roll or bend sheet metal, a press brake, hydraulic press, and rollers may be used.

Q: Is it hard to bend sheet metal?

A: Bending sheet metal is difficult and it is best to let an experienced manufacturer with the proper machinery bend the sheet metal for you.

How to Get Metal Prototype Fabrication Quotes / /

Does your next project require a sheet metal bending quote? Need to calculate costs for an upcoming project? Use Fathom’s SmartQuote application for a fast quote.

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Miami Lakes, FL 33014

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Elk Grove, IL 60007

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Ham Lake, MN 55304

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Ithaca, NY 14850

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Newark, NY 14513

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