Precision Sheet Metal Design Resources

Precision Sheet Metal Design eBooks and Blogs to help you Better Design Sheet Metal Parts

Sheet Metal Fabrication eBook

Sheet Metal Design Guidelines eBook [Download]

Our sheet metal design for manufacturing eBook is an essential guide for anyone looking to design parts that can be manufactured faster with less back and forth. This ebook provides an overview of best practices in sheet metal design of features and common design elements, including hems, offset, notches & tabs, welding, corners, uniform thickness, and more. If you're a sheet metal designer, this eBook is an essential resource for you.

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SOLIDWORKS Tech Tip Videos with Dave Pincince

Certified SOLIDWORKS Associate in Mechanical Design

Dave Pincince has been in the metal fabrication industry for over 25 years, starting at his Dad's shop in the deburring department when he was 19 years old. A 13-year SOLIDWORKS veteran, Dave has been using computer-aided design software to allow him to visually demonstrate to customers how sheet metal is designed and how it can be used effectively for ease of fabricating. Dave enjoys working with customers on their projects and sharing his knowledge of sheet metal design concepts with engineers to help them reduce costs and create a smooth and frictionless fabrication process.

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Sheet Metal CAD Tooling Library

Say goodbye to the tedious process of designing basic sheet metal features from scratch. Our 3D tooling library empowers mechanical engineers and product developers to accelerate their design process by providing pre-designed tooling options. Focus on the creative aspect of your projects and deliver exceptional results faster.

Sheet Metal CAD Tooling Library - 1.946 X 1.415 X .250 - .059 Thickness
1.946 X 1.415 X .250 - .059 Thickness
Sheet Metal CAD Tooling Library - .108 x .295 x .132 - .059 Thickness
.108 x .295 x .132 - .059 Thickness
Sheet Metal CAD Tooling Library - 2.985 X .615 X .210 - 0.047 - 0.080 Thickness
2.985 X .615 X .210 - 0.047 - 0.080 Thickness
Sheet Metal CAD Tooling Library - 4.000 X .750 X .310 - 0.060 - 0.100 Thickness
4.000 X .750 X .310 - 0.060 - 0.100 Thickness

Charts and Reference Sheets

Sheet Metal Bend Gains Chart [Download]

At Approved Sheet Metal, we aim to make your life (and ours!) easier. We created our own custom sheet metal bend gains chart so engineers and metal fabricators can always be on the same page. This information is our secret sauce, but we’re happy to share it with you.

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Sheet Metal Hardware Hole Sizes [Download]

Approved Sheet Metal is always looking for ways to improve the customer experience, so we created a handy hardware hole sizes chart for product developers to reference when designing custom sheet metal parts. We recommend using this chart for your drawings so that we can get your hardware inserted correctly the first time.

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Sheet Metal Hardware Reference Sheet [Download]

Engineers commonly default to using steel hardware for their custom sheet metal parts—and it’s easy to understand why. Steel hardware is the cheapest and most ubiquitous option. If you have a steel part or a part that will be powder coated or zinc plated, steel hardware is a viable solution that will definitely save you some money. When you’re dealing with certain materials or processes, standard steel hardware can actually be detrimental to your parts.

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Sheet Metal Design Centric Blogs

Cad Tooling Library
Cut Costs and Boost Efficiency with ASM’s Sheet Metal CAD Tooling Library
What if you could design the most common sheet metal part features faster? With our Sheet Metal CAD ...
Slots and Tabs
The Hidden Gem in Metal Fabrication: The Impact of Slots and Tabs
At Approved Sheet Metal, we regularly add slots and tabs to weldment components-a process most metal fabrication shops ...
3D CAD Model
Beyond Prints: The Role of 3D CAD Models in Streamlining Metal Fabrication
Before you click "Submit" on your quote request, make sure you've uploaded a print and a CAD model ...
6061-T6 vs. 5052-H32
Aluminum Smackdown: 5052-H32 Takes on 6061-T6 for Custom Sheet Metal Fabrication Superiority
If you're accustomed to selecting 6061-T6 aluminum for machining, you may find yourself automatically requesting that same material ...
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 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 ...
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 ...
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, ...
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