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Sheet Metal Fabrication

At PDF, Inc., we manufacture complex sheet metal parts for a variety of industries in the United States and around the world. No matter your custom sheet metal manufacturing needs, we provide essential manufacturing services including laser cutting, metal forming, sheet rolling, assembly, and more.

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Sheet Metal Fabrication Methods

Most commonly, sheet metal is manufactured using methods such as laser cutting, metal forming, sheet rolling, and assembly.

Laser Cutting

To cut desired shapes and designs into sheet metal, a focused laser may be used to melt or burn the material. Called laser cutting, this sheet metal fabrication process allows for sheet metal to be formed into intricate designs or parts. Laser-cut pieces serve critical functions in the aerospace, automotive, electronics, and healthcare industries.

Metal Forming

Without using cutting, the process of metal forming uses stressing or bending to modify the shape of a piece of metal. Sheet metal takes on a variety of forms and patterns quickly, making metal forming a cost-effective and efficient process.

Sheet Rolling

Sheet rolling is a process by which a bulk piece of metal such as a bar or pipe is passed between rollers to flatten it out, resulting in a piece of metal that can be as thin as 0.0125 inches. An economical means of forming sheet metal, this process requires only one easy step.


Grouped together, the majority of sheet metal assembly processes refer to a means of combining pieces of sheet metal. Cut, formed, or rolled pieces of sheet metal can be joined through processes such as riveting and welding to create more complex and durable pieces. Likely, these pieces of sheet metal being joined have undergone several different methods of manufacturing prior to assembly.

Additional Methods Available

In addition to laser cutting, metal forming, sheet rolling, and assembly, we also offer:

Benefits of Sheet Metal

Whether incorporating sheet metal into a design prototype or end-use product, the versatile material provides a high-quality result when manufacturing components. When composed of sheet metal, a component receives these additional benefits:

Reliable Strength

Sheet metal provides a material better-suited for stronger and more durable products. This common, widely applicable material can be manipulated in many ways to create end results fit for both prototype and production.

A Variety of Materials

Widely used in manufacturing, sheet metal can serve many purposes in a variety of materials, including aluminum, copper, and steel. Its characteristics, such as durability, malleability, weight, conductivity, and resistance to corrosion create a versatile range of options to suit an expansive array of project types.

Customized Finishes

Not only adaptable in shape, size, and strength, sheet metal can be custom finished to suit an array of aesthetic and operational needs. With anodizing, painting, plating, and powder coating processes, sheet metal can be transformed to ensure both eye-catching and functional finished products.

Fast Turnaround Time

At PDF, we strive to utilize the latest technological equipment and methods for sheet metal parts manufacturing. With this commitment to efficiency along with sheet metal’s malleability, we ensure quick returns in production.

Sheet Metal Fabrication from PDF, Inc.

With processes such as laser cutting, metal forming, and sheet rolling, PDF proudly produces strong, functional, and aesthetically pleasing sheet metal parts. For specialty design and fabrication in sheet metal, PDF has the equipment and expertise necessary to meet customer demands.

PDF is capable of handling big projects with attention to your every manufacturing need. For more information on our sheet metal manufacturing processes, or to request a quote, please contact us today.