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Sheet Metal Parts

Avoiding Sheet Metal Hardware Headaches

Posted On December 14, 2022 By Protolabs
Design strong sheet metal parts that incorporate hardware while maintaining structural integrity
tolerance example unlidded

Working with Sheet Metal Tolerances

Posted On October 12, 2022 By Protolabs
Precision in sheet metal parts is possible, but it takes knowing some important design guidelines to get the parts you want. Fundamental to that is understanding tolerance.
Metal part

Designing Sheet Metal Notches, Tabs, and Slots

Posted On September 13, 2022 By Protolabs
Notches and tabs are two sheet metal design strategies that can help you in more ways than you might initially think. Designing them properly is key.
Metal part

How and When to Add Bend Reliefs to Sheet Metal Parts

Posted On August 15, 2022 By Protolabs
We often see designs come to us that don’t include bend relief. To ensure that we can successfully create your part, we add relief to your design.
This plastic molded enclosure is actually an assembly of multiple parts

Selecting a Manufacturing Method for Electronic Enclosures

Posted On August 1, 2022 By Proto Labs
Despite their widely varying applications, many electronic devices have at least one thing in common—the circuit boards and other components that make them work are all in an enclosure.
sheet metal sketch

Optimizing Sheet Metal Technical Data for Fast, Accurate Quotes

Posted On July 6, 2022 By Jamie White,Scott Trecartin
When it comes to getting a fabricated sheet metal part that is consistent with a complex set of technical requirements, ensuring that a supplier has all the necessary information to generate an accurate quote is the first (and most important) hurdle to cross.
Finishing Options for Sheet Metal Parts

Benefits and Considerations for Sheet Metal Part Finishing

Posted On April 7, 2022 By Amanda Tierney
Finishing options for sheet metal vary depending on your needs. For instance, are you looking for an aesthetically pleasing part, a part that needs to withstand environmental challenges and wear, or are you testing overall functionality?
sheet metal part being cut on laser cutting machine

Designs We Love: Sheet Metal

Posted On February 11, 2022 By Scott Trecartin
If you’ve worked with us in the past for your sheet metal parts, you know that we’re all about efficiency–getting your quick-turn parts to you…well, quickly. There are a handful of design best practices our customers can keep top of mind to ensure a smooth process from design upload to the moment you have your finished part in hand. Here are some sheet metal design elements and features we love to see.
Chamfers and Radii on Sheet Metal Parts

Cutting Corners on Sheet Metal Parts: Chamfers & Radii

Posted On January 13, 2022 By Protolabs
Cutting corners isn’t always a bad thing when it comes to sheet metal parts. Design elements that round or bevel corners, such as chamfers and radii, not only add aesthetic value, but also provide improved safety for end users.
BattleBot DUCK! Prepares for New Season

PODCAST: BattleBot DUCK! Prepares for New Season

Posted On December 14, 2021 By Protolabs
Perennial fan-favorite, DUCK!, is ready to take on foes large and small, this winter on The Discovery Channel’s popular program, BattleBots. Powered by Protolabs, the wily veteran of several seasons has some great new features in version 3.0.