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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Approved Sheet Metal Acquires Nashua Fabrication, Expanding Sheet Metal Fabrication Capabilities
HUDSON, NH - June 1, 2022: Approved Sheet Metal,  a leading sheet metal fabrication company based in Hudson, ...
Is Bridge Production Right for Your Sheet Metal Parts? (Updated for 2023)
Are delays in tooling slowing down your entire production line? When you're under pressure to cut costs and ...
The Importance of Accurate Hardware Hole Sizes (Updated for 2023)
Some of the most common issues we've encountered during our 15+ years of experience assembling sheet metal parts ...
Need a Quick Quote? Include These 5 Details in Your RFQ (Updated for 2023)
At Approved Sheet Metal, we love having the opportunity to talk to our customers after they submit a ...
The Benefits of Louvers in Your Sheet Metal Parts (Updated for 2024)
Let's talk louvers. These press-formed features are commonly found in applications that require airflow and light penetration: In ...
Silk-Screening for Sheet Metal Parts (Updated for 2024)
If you're looking to enhance an enclosure, panel, or part, take advantage of Approved Sheet Metal's silk-screening services. ...
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ASM in Action: Notching, Tabbing, and Rolling a Complex Part (Updated for 2023)
We recently completed a project that's just too exciting to keep to ourselves. Our end customer asked us ...
4 Reasons ASM Excels at Sheet Metal Prototyping (Updated for 2023)
Have you been burned by a metal fabrication shop before? You're not alone. Maybe you were in the ...
How to Apply the Right Sheet Metal Bend Gains to Your Design (Updated for 2023)
Let us calculate bend gains for you! The one thing all sheet metal parts have in common is ...
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Top 5 Things to Check in Your Sheet Metal Design File (Updated for 2023)
Part designers have one goal: to produce a Class A prototype in the shortest amount of time possible. ...
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Better Than Yesterday: What It Means at Approved Sheet Metal
Our Core Values Help Us Offer a Better Customer Experience  We've come a long way since opening our ...
Talk to Your Manufacturer About Sheet Metal Sizes Before Designing Your Part (Updated for 2024)
Choose the Right Gauge at Approved Sheet Metal When you're working with sheet metal, choosing the right gauge ...
3 Tips for Smarter First Article Inspections (Updated for 2023)
Get Rapid First Article Inspections at Approved Sheet Metal When mass-producing a high-precision part, conducting a first article ...
Design for Manufacturability
Sheet Metal Fabrication Design for Manufacturability Isn’t Enough (Updated for 2023)
Get your models to a sheet metal shop that gets it. Most sheet metal manufacturers will tell you ...
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Fabricating a show part or internal component? Tell your manufacturer. (Updated for 2023)
When a manufacturer receives drawings or a CAD model for a sheet metal part, it isn't always clear ...
How to Get Perfectly Formed Sheet Metal Parts Every Time (Updated for 2024)
Sheet metal fabrication for chassis, tanks, enclosures, and other sheet metal parts Forming deep boxes or U shapes ...
aluminum grades
5052, 6061, 7075: ASM’s Guide to Sheet Metal Aluminum Grades (Updated for 2024)
Get the Right Aluminum for Your Part Aluminum: the most popular construction metal after steel. This alloy has ...
3 Things You Didn’t Know About Stainless Steel (Updated for 2024)
One of the materials we love working with at Approved Sheet Metal is stainless steel. It's everything you ...
Precision Sheet Metal That’s Proudly Made in the USA (Updated for 2023)
American-Made Sheet Metal Prototyping and Metal Fabrication At Approved Sheet Metal (ASM), we're proud that 100% of our ...
metal bending
The Best Metal Bending Solution for Sheet Metal Prototyping (Updated for 2024)
Bump-forming may be the best solution for rapid sheet metal fabrication. Is it better to bump-form or use ...
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