Why Metalworking with RapidDirect

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Rapid Quotation & Stable Lead-time

By simply uploading your CAD files and specify requirements, we promise to provide the most cost-effective quotations within 12 hours, along with FREE professional DfM analysis on your request. In addition, RapidDirect’s overall on-time delivery rate reaches 95%, you can rest assured of any lead-time delays.

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Strong Manufacturing Capabilities

Speaking of capabilities, RapidDirect has in-house sheet metal factory of 2,000㎡ based in Shenzhen, China. Our highest tolerance for laser cutting, CNC punching can be up to 0.05mm. Sheet thickness range from 0.5mm (CNC punching) to 20mm (laser cutting), and maximum size reaches 6000 × 4000mm.

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Technical & Quality

Our sheet metal engineering team has more than 20 years of experience in the industry, we are ready to provide technical suggestions for your projects. For every order, we provide SGS, RoHS material certifications, in-process quality report, and First Article Inspection are all available on your request.

Sheet Metal Capabilities

Sheet metal fabrication is the most cost-effective choice for metal components with uniform wall thickness. RapidDirect provides a wide range of sheet metal capabilities, from high quality cutting, punching, bending, to welding services.

Laser cutting technique

Highly accurate, capable of cutting dissimilar thicknesses at the same time, low heat-affected zone, and able to cut hole diameters under half a material thickness.

– Cutting area
Up to 4000 x 6000 mm

– Maximum material thickness

Carbon steel

Stainless steel


Copper alloys

<20 mm

<20 mm

<10 mm

<10 mm

– Laser sources
Up to 6 kW

– Repeatability
Ps: +/- 0.05 mm

– Positioning accuracy
Pa: +/- 0.1 mm

Pushes material through a press into the desired shape, creating either a hole or an indentation.

– Maximum thickness


Carbon steel

Stainless steel

3.0 mm

2.5 mm

2.0 mm

– Hole capacity
Up to 50mm

Highly accurate, versatile, and durable, capable of cutting up to 10” thick with abrasive additive in the high-pressure fluid stream.

– Maximum cutting area
Up to 3000 x 6000 mm

– Maximum material thickness
Up to 300 mm

Offers the variable material cutting capability of lasers with a significantly lower capital cost.

– Cutting area
Up to 4000 x 6000 mm

– Maximum material thickness

Carbon steel

Stainless steel





Forms generally uniform-thickness material to a specific shape or angle along a straight axis.

– Metal folding capacity
Up to 200 tons

– Maximum bending length
Up to 4000 mm

– Maximum thickness
Up to 20 mm

Melts the base materials and fuses it together, forming a metallurgical bond that joins the metals together.

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Sheet Metal Materials

Sheet metal fabrication has relatively less options for materials, usually aluminum, copper, and steel. Please check the materials RapidDirect provides for sheet metal services.


Commercially, aluminum is the most sought after material for sheet metal fabrication. Its popularity is due to its adaptive qualities and its high thermal conductivity and low resistance rates. Compared to steel—another common sheet metal material—aluminum is more cost-effective and has a higher rate of production. The material also generates the least amount of waste and can easily be reused.


  • Aluminum 5052
  • Aluminum 5083
Bent metal parts


Copper is a broadly used sheet metal fabrication material in many industries as it offers good malleability and ductility. Copper is also well suited for sheet metal fabrication because of its excellent heat conduction properties and electrical conductivity.


  • China copper
  • Copper 101
  • Copper for EDM
  • Beryllium copper
  • Chromium zirconium copper
  • Tungsten copper
  • Antimony copper
sheet metal raw material - brass



  • Brass 2680
  • Brass H59
  • Brass H62
  • Brass 260
  • Brass 385
  • Brass CAD260
  • Brass 360
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Steel offers a number of beneficial properties for industrial applications, including rigidity, longevity, heat resistance and corrosion resistance. Steel sheet metal is ideal for producing complex designs and parts that require extreme precision. Steel is also cost-efficient to work with and has excellent polishing properties.


  • 1045 Steel (45 #)
  • 1008 Steel
  • 1018 Steel
  • 1020 Steel
  • 1025 Steel
  • 11Smn30 Steel
  • 1215 Steel
  • 4041 Steel
  • 40Cr Steel
  • 4130 Steel
  • 4137 Steel
  • 4140 Steel
  • 42 Crmo Steel
  • G10 / FR-4 Steel
  • S7 Steel Tool Steel
  • SKS3 Steel
  • SCM440 (40CrMo) Steel alloy
Punched metal parts

Stainless Steel


  • SUS304 Stainless steel
  • SUS303 Stainless steel
  • SUS301 Stainless steel
  • SUS316 Stainless steel
  • SUS316L Stainless steel
  • SUS401 Stainless steel
  • SUS416L Stainless steel
  • SUS416 Stainless steel
  • SUS420 Stainless steel
  • SUS201 Stainless steel
  • SUS430 Stainless steel
  • SUS431 Stainless steel
  • SUS440C Stainless steel
  • SUS410 Stainless steel
  • SUS630 / 17-4PH Stainless steel
  • PP631 / 17-7PH Stainless steel
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Sheet Metal Finishes

The surface finish available for sheet metal fabrication depends on which material and what is the part used for. The finishing options RapidDirect provide for sheet metal services are listed below:


Anodizing improves corrosion resistance, enhancing wear resistance and hardness, and protecting the metal surface. Widely used in mechanical parts, aircraft, and automobile parts, precision instruments, etc.

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Bead blasting

Bead blasting results in parts with a smooth surface with a matte texture. Used mainly for visual applications and can be followed by other surface treatments.

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Powder Coating

Powder coating forms a durable, wear resistant and corrosion resistant layer on the surface of parts. Powder coating can be used to apply colors to parts and is compatible with any metal.

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Electroplating can be functional, decorative or corrosion-related. Many industries use the process, including the automotive sector, in which chrome-plating of steel automobile parts is common.

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Sheet Metal Fabrication Applications


Due to its wide range of industrial applications and its cost efficiency vs. other methods, sheet metal can be used to manufacture a broad range of enclosure features such as rack mounts, distinct shapes and consoles.

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Sheet metal fabrication has a wide range of applications in the production of chassis from small devices to large testing equipment, because of its hole alignment specs.


Brackets produced using sheet metal fabrication are common in various industrial applications as they offer excellent corrosion resistance. All necessary hardware and fasteners included.

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