Sheet Metal Fabrication Blog

If you're looking for information on design for manufacturing (DFM) for sheet metal fabrication, you've come to the right place. Our blog is packed with articles on everything from how to design parts for manufacturability to tips on choosing the right material, weld type, hardware, and more for your project. Whether you're a design engineer or a buyer of custom sheet metal parts, we're sure you'll find something interesting here.

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Minimum Bend and Flange Length Guidelines Sheet Metal Parts
Unleashing Your Design: 5 Key Factors for Success when Partnering with a Sheet Metal Shop
Shorter lead times. Lower costs. A streamlined experience. These are all factors product developers prioritize when they need sheet ...
Sheet Metal Parts for Communications Equipment
Precision Sheet Metal Parts for Communications Equipment
With many metal fabrication shops to choose from, we're proud to be a top choice for customers in ...
convert 3D Designs to flat sheet metal
How to Convert Solid 3D Designs to Flat Sheet Metal
Before we can fabricate your sheet metal part, the solid 3D design file must be converted to a ...
Welding vs. Riveting
Welding vs. Riveting for Fusing Custom Sheet Metal Parts
Not all metal fabrication shops have extensive expertise in welding and riveting. But at Approved Sheet Metal, we know both techniques ...
SOLIDWORKS Sheet Metal Design Resources
Introducing our SOLIDWORKS Sheet Metal Design Resources Page
Do you design sheet metal parts in SOLIDWORKS? If so, be sure to check out our new SOLIDWORKS Sheet ...
Galvanized vs. Galvannealed Steel
Galvanized vs. Galvannealed Steel: A Sheet Metal Comparison
Unsure whether to choose galvanized steel or galvannealed steel for your sheet metal parts? While these two popular steel types have many similarities, ...
Powder Coat or Wet Paint
Ask Your Sheet Metal Fabricator: Powder Coat or Wet Paint?
Sheet metal finishing is an important final step in the custom sheet metal fabrication process. Powder coating and ...
Weld Joints
Custom Sheet Metal Fabrication Spotlight: Weld Joints 
As a leading sheet metal fabricator, Approved Sheet Metal knows the importance of high-quality precision welding. Our welders are ...
Sheet Metal Hinge
Choosing the Optimal Sheet Metal Hinge for Your Part
Are you designing a sheet metal part that requires a hinge? A hinge is a type of hardware ...
SOLIDWORKS tips
7 FAQs for SOLIDWORKS Sheet Metal Design (Updated for 2024)
Are you designing sheet metal parts in SOLIDWORKS? If you've got questions, you're not alone. While tech programs ...
manufacturing stages
Understanding Sheet Metal Fabrication Stages: Prototype, Batch Production, and Mass Production
Do you know the differences between the prototype, batch production, and mass production stages of custom sheet metal fabrication? While most metal ...
Sheet Metal Brackets
A Sheet Metal Bracket Design Guide (Updated for 2024)
At Approved Sheet Metal, our sheet metal fabrication experts fabricate brackets for product developers across the country that design for a broad ...
U-shaped parts
Designing and Forming U-Shaped Sheet Metal Fabricated Parts
Approved Sheet Metal has the expertise and capabilities to make almost any precision sheet metal part our customers request. Sometimes ...
laser cutting services
How to Minimize the Cost of Laser Cutting Services
Laser cutting is a versatile sheet metal fabrication process that creates precise cuts with minimal material waste-but it can be expensive. ...
E-Coat and Black Oxide
Why E-Coat and Black Oxide Are Becoming Obsolete for Precision Sheet Metal Finishing (Updated for 2024)
There was a time when electro-coat (e-coat) and black oxide were go-to methods for precision sheet metal finishing. ...
welding methods
A Guide to Different Methods of Welding Sheet Metal Fabricated Parts (Updated for 2024)
At Approved Sheet Metal, we find that welding sheet metal is one of the most misunderstood processes in ...
powder coated sheet metal parts
6 Tips for Designing Powder Coated Sheet Metal Parts (Updated for 2024)
At Approved Sheet Metal, we deliver excellence in sheet metal fabrication. And providing you with the highest-quality service includes ...
Metal Fabrication
What Is Metal Fabrication?
Metal fabrication comprises a number of processes used to manipulate flat metal into various shapes and structures. Forming, bending, ...
Thomas Mitchell
Approved Sheet Metal Announces Promotion of Thomas Mitchell to Chief Operating Officer
HUDSON, NH - February 8, 2023: Approved Sheet Metal (ASM), a leading sheet metal fabrication company based in Hudson, ...
Sheet Metal Design blogs
Top 6 Custom Sheet Metal Design Blog Posts of 2022
One thing that sets Approved Sheet Metal apart from other precision metal fabrication shops is our team's extensive ...
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