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Manufacturing Sheet Metal Enclosures: A Guide to sub-contract manufacturing
Sheet metal enclosures are used in a wide variety of industries, from electronics, lighting, pumping, heating to medical devices. They provide protection for sensitive equipment, as well as a way to mount and secure components. That protection might be from dust, water, chemicals or to incase electrical components.
The manufacturing process for sheet metal enclosures typically involves the following steps:
Design: The first step is to design the enclosure. This includes specifying the dimensions, materials, and features of the enclosure. This design can come entirely from the customer in the form of CAD drawings or 3D models. We are always happy to guide you with the selection of materials, thicknesses, tooling, pressed inserts, treatments and finishes.
Cutting: Once the design is complete, the sheet metal is cut to size. This can be done using a variety of methods including, guillotining, laser cutting and CNC punching.
Bending: The next step is to bend the sheet metal into the desired shape. This is typically done using a CNC press brake or folder. We have a range of these machines which can cope with sheet metal enclosures up to 3M long.
Welding: If necessary, the sheet metal parts are welded together. This is usually done using a MIG or TIG welder. We have the ability to weld mild steel, stainless steel, aluminium and brass.
Finishing: The final step is to finish the enclosure. This may involve painting, powder coating, zinc plating, anodizing and screen printing. These are all services we can arrange for you if needed.
CNC punched and CNC formed mild steel sheet
The manufacturing process for sheet metal enclosures can vary depending on the specific requirements of the project. However, the steps outlined above are a general overview of the processes undertaken.
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If you are looking for a custom sheet metal enclosure, be sure to contact us for a quote today. They will be able to help you design and manufacture an enclosure that meets your specific needs.